this past weekend was the
Fort Collins Studio Tour
For the third year, folks got a glimpse into life in my basement workspace. (I’ve been at this for over 25 years, so I have quite a selection of oil paintings, ink wash drawings, lino cut prints and calendars and monotypes, and other works on paper)
I believe people should be able to buy and live with original fine art – so I try to make smaller things as affordable as possible, (and I never make reproductions of my work.) This also gave me a chance to describe how easy it is to “do it yourself” frame all the pieces that I have matted. I do all my own matting, and shrink-wrapping, and framing, so it doesn’t seem that intimidating to me.
People seemed curious about the prints- monotypes, etc. I enjoyed explaining how I use the press (or not) depending on the plate or thickness. The linoleum prints were produced by lots of rubbing and a trusty wooden spoon.
And lots of people were admiring my lovely Griffin press as well. It is a thing of beauty!
Once again, I was struck by the support of other artists, in addition to new collectors. I appreciate that out of 51 stops, people singled me out for a visit.
Work finds homes . . . the artist feels validated . . . all is right with the world!