Create Yourself

Hello bloggers and followers! I hope you all had a splendid weekend!

Let’s see… where did we leave off? Oh yes! Dogs in strollers! And Las Olas 🙂

Two weekends ago, I participated in the 26th Annual Las Olas Art Fair (Part II).  I’m learning that there are huge differences in each fair. Is it in the city? Is it in a middle-class neighborhood? Is it a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday morning? All of these things play a factor in the crowd and their interest in not only my art work, but all of the other vendors at fairs too.

Booth Las Olas

Las Olas was in Fort Lauderdale, FL and it was a Howard Alan event. Howard Alan is known for hosting and organizing some of the top art fairs in the country. I was honored to have been a part of this! Below is a picture from the Howard Alan Events Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HowardAlanEvents).

Howard Alan Feature

Every day spent outside in Florida is beautiful. The weather is great and the people here are overall very friendly. It’s great here, but I really miss being in Philly. It’s getting harder and harder to stay positive when I’m exhausted and in a new state. As an artist, you have to do your best to have high energy levels and to stay positive. Once you lose your positivity, you become trapped in a dark hole that’s almost inescapable. To the artists of the world out there, keep your head up. If you love your art and you’ve made it your life, know that your passion has already carried you this far.

Arms Spread

I’ve met some amazing people out here. A few, of which, who have reached out to me on my website (aalexandrin.com). I can’t stress enough how great it is to hear feedback from my supporters.

Fan Las Olas

Two BIG things happened to me during the weekend of Las Olas. One, I found out that my boyfriend Adam was flying down for the next weekend! If you’ve ever been in a long-distance relationship or if you spend lots and lots of hours apart from one another because of your job, you probably know how excited I was to hear this!

And two, a wonderful woman bought my “Wind-Up Dolls” original drawing! The prints of my work are great because my work spreads everywhere. But when someone is interested in an original, it makes me feel ECSTATIC! My originals are what started it all. They’ve inspired me to create new drawings and these pieces take a long time to complete. It has been awhile since I have had the time to do a new original drawing, but once my “Wind-Up Dolls” piece was sold, the inspiration to draw and create more came out of no where! I hope it sticks with me through my time in Florida.

Wind-Up Dolls

So the next weekend after Las Olas was the 26th Annual Art Fest by the Sea in Jupiter, FL. It was another Howard Alan event and a lovely day outside. It was also International Women’s Day. What other way to celebrate than to promote my work of empowering women?

Adam was here that weekend. Maybe that’s why I look like a crazy happy lunatic in this picture!

Booth Jump Jupiter

You’ve got to learn to not care about what others think. Be yourself. Take the criticism. Disagree. Put a smile on knowing you’re you, and that’s a beautiful thing.

Booth - Jupiter

Every new encounter is an opportunity to create yourself. With these fairs, I show my work and get to see people’s raw reactions to it. I hope you all have the courage to put yourself out there and show the world what you got. If you don’t do it, who will? There are over 7 billion people in the world, but there is no other you. Be you and show them all what you’re working with. Create yourself!

I’m just getting back from the 50th Anniversary Rotary Key Biscayne Art Festival in Miami, FL. I’ll send a recap when I can! Next up is the Hyde Park Village Art Fair. Oh and one last note, I recently got the news of my acceptance into the 25th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival in June. So excited!

 

  • 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
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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!