February in Florida

Since my last post, I have participated in the Boca Raton Museum of Art 28th Outdoor Juried Art Festival and the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival. What different experiences than what I’m used to in Philly!

I left around 4 a.m. the night before Boca Raton began to set up and camp out for the festival the next day. I probably should have expected it, but there were so many bugs! With the humid weather they were everywhere and I wasn’t prepared at all. All of the participants were worried about the chance of rain predicted, and we prayed to the art gods for it to not as we set up our tents.

Boca Raton Tent
Boca Raton Tent 2

It’s difficult to narrow down my audience. It seems that my art appeals to people in the 18-50 year-old range, which makes it challenging with traveling because I’m not sure if the younger crowd that likes my work resides in one area versus another. In Florida, I’m aware of the demographics. People come here when they want to retire and enjoy the beautiful weather (hey, who can blame them?)

Beautiful Florida Weather

Boca Raton wasn’t what I expected unfortunately, and it made me worried about the art fairs to come. As an artist, it’s all trial and error. There’s never a set practice that will be stable to do. There’s always different competition, different atmospheres and different customers. This isn’t an easy career, but even with hard challenges, I’m always sure that this is what I’m meant to be.

During the week, I’m still cutting matte unfortunately. The house is empty a lot of the times, but it makes it a lot easier for me to work on the 93082403820 things I have to do. The next weekend was Dunedin, and I had hope that this would be a better turn out than Boca Raton. To my joy, it was.

Dunedin Tent

It was a bit windy and I struggled holding a few things down, but with some help from other vendors and friendly advice, I managed to “hold down the fort!”

Dunedin Tent 2

I met amazing people during the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival. It feels so great when people tell me that my work inspires them. The ultimate goal of my work is to do just that: to inspire people. I want it to speak to them in a way they’ve never been spoken to before. I want people to follow their passions just as I do, because we only have one life to live and time is precious.

Along with some of the fantastic people I’ve met, I ran into something that I thought was the most peculiar thing…

Dog in Stroller FL

Maybe it’s a Florida thing to put your dog in a stroller? They were treated as if they were people. Better than animal cruelty I guess!

Dog in Stroller 2 FL

I wonder if people do this in other parts of the world. Or maybe it happens in Philly and I just haven’t encountered it at all. I’m thinking about starting some kind of photo collection of dogs in strollers. Just something to keep me amused and to document my time here!

Next is the Las Olas Art Fair (Part II). February has flown by so quickly. (Don’t forget to follow my adventures via Twitter @aalexandrin and use the hashtag ‘#ArtinFL’ to send me any advice or best wishes!) I’m kind of glad it has because I miss my cat, Mr. Grey so much! Maybe I should get a stroller to put him in.

Mr. Grey

And of course I miss my love, who sent me these beautiful flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Adam VDay Flowers

Before I end this post, I want to bring up all of the controversy in Ukraine. As a native-born Ukrainian, seeing a woman speak out like this says so much. I wish the best to everyone there and hope it all settles peacefully. Please click the photo or the link below to watch this woman get her brave words out in the middle of a riot.

I-Am-Ukrainian-Protest-Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvds2AIiWLA

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Matte About You

Quick realization before I begin: Philadelphia is “always sunny” and Florida is the “Sunshine State.” Can anybody make any puns out of this?

I have been absolutely M.I.A. on my social media with all of this prep work for Florida. In exactly one week I’ll be driving on down to take on all of the art fairs I’ve been accepted into:

  • 2/8-9 Boca Raton Museum of Art 28th Outdoor Juried Art Festival
  • 2/15-16 Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival
  • 3/1-2 Las Olas Art Fair Part II
  • 3/8-9 Jupiter Art Fest by the Sea
  • 3/15-16 Key Biscayne Art Festival
  • 3/22-23 Hyde Park Village Art Fair
  • 3/29-30 Altamonte Spring Art & Music Festival
  • 4/5-6 St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival
  • 4/12-13 Cedar Key Arts Festival

Florida is a whole new realm of art for me. Because all of my art is black and white, it’s difficult for me to work with colors. Black and white represents my work best. It’s simple and puts more of the focus on the technique and the image.

Prints aalexandrin.com

Ohitika aalexandrin.com

Wind-Up Dolls aalexandrin.com

With Florida just around the corner, I have been busy cutting up matte for my prints. When you think of Florida, you think of bright, tropical colors. For this reason, I have been playing with different colored matte and I’m finding it more challenging than it should be! So many decisions!

Picking Matte for Black Bird

Though color isn’t my favorite thing ever, it’s amazing to see how framing my work in the colored matte transforms it completely. The mood of it changes. The feelings it reflects change.

The Company aalexandrin.com

Cutting the matte is taking up a lot of my time. It’s a matter of measuring each individual board and then measuring it and then cutting down the scraps and repeating this process about three times for each board. There’s got to be an easier way! (I just haven’t learned it yet!)

Pile of matte

Matte scraps

While I am away in Florida, I will do my best to update you of my journey! I wish I would’ve discovered the world of art fairs sooner, but better late than never! So get ready or not Florida, ’cause here I come!

Fair Game

I hope everyone had a good holiday and a happy new year! 2013 went by quickly didn’t it?

Happy New Year!

I tried coming up with a resolution for 2014, but after thinking about it I came up with a whole list! Where to begin?

  • To flourish and to prosper
  • To make greater accomplishments in my career
  • To meet more of my art fans in person
  • To spread more of my artwork
  • To laugh more
  • To continue to forgive
  • To spend more time with those I love
  • To spend less time worrying
  • To build a new body of work that speaks to more people
  • To spread aesthetics and empowerment

What are some of your resolutions? Comment to this post. I would love to hear them!

Don’t you find that we quickly forget about our resolutions as the weeks pass? It’s challenging to stick to our goals when we can’t even remember what they are! I am aiming to achieve my “to spread more of my artwork” resolution. To do that, I have entered a number of fairs during the upcoming few months!

If you have ‘Liked’ my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AnastasiaAlexandrinArtist) then you have probably been wondering where I will be from late January until early April. As followers of my blog, I’m letting you in on it FIRST!

Where in the US?

My clues have been that it’s a state in the United States, it’s known to have the highest lightning strikes per capita, there is a law that makes it illegal to wear a strapless gown in public if you are a man, and the Northern Mockingbird is its state bird. Have you looked it up and figured it out? I think we need a drum-roll here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t925JwYXhVA

If you guessed Florida, then YOU ARE A WINNER!! (Sorry, I don’t have a prize for you but I can give you a, “Congrats!”)

Florida

Just over Christmas, I was in Maine. My boyfriend and I were taking a trip just to get away. He’s really into snowboarding, and from the pictures it seems I’m really into looking like I can snowboard!

Dancing tree

(I saw this tree on the drive there and fell in love! It looks like it’s dancing. Isn’t it remarkable?)

Snowboarding

Standing

Falling

Now I am back in Philadelphia and doing crazy prep work for all of the fairs! I’m still waiting to hear back from a few of them, but I am excited about the ones I have been accepted into so far. If you will be in Florida, make sure to stop by! A list of the fairs I’m participating can be found below. More updates and details to come!

  • 2/15-16 Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival
  • 2/22-23 North Florida Fine Art Festival
  • 3/15-16 Key Biscayne Art Festival
  • 3/22-23 Hyde Park Village Art Fair
  • 3/29-30 Altamonte Spring Art & Music Festival
  • 4/5-6 St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival
  • 4/12-13 Cedar Key Arts Festival

Can’t make it to any of these fairs but are interested in purchasing a print/original? Please feel free to message me over my Facebook page or email me (email address can be found in the ‘Contact’ tab).

Ordering a print

As an artist, sometimes festivals and fairs can make you seem unprofessional or as if you only do art for a hobby. I say, if it gets my work out there and I get to meet my fans face to face, it’s “fair” game!