Here I #GoAnastasiaGO!

As of January 28, 2015, my Kickstarter was able to raise a total of $7,791 (that’s 259% of the goal funded!) Thank you all who have pledged and shared the page. I am beginning my 8-month trip tomorrow and am scared, but excited for what’s to come.

Kickstarter Goal Met

View the behind the scenes video: Meeting the Scamp! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bybfU5rmHBU

I can’t put into words how excited I was to first see the trailer. I was thrilled to see it was exactly like I imagined and more. Thanks to my Kickstarter backers I can now eat, sleep and draw safely on the road. My challenge now is packing and getting used to reversing with the trailer. It’s been quite the adventure already and I haven’t even left the parking lot yet!

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The trip all started with me applying to be in some of the top art festivals across the country. I’m still waiting to hear back from a few other fairs, but for now, my list of cities I’ll be showing my work in is as follows:

  • February 14-16: Artigras, FL
  • March 14-15: Scottsdale, AZ
  • March 27-29: Tempe, AZ
  • April 3-5: Deep Ellum, TX
  • April 9-12: Dogwood, GA
  • April 18-19: Fiesta, TX
  • April 25-26: Inmann/Atlanta, GA
  • May 2-3: Bethesda, MD/DC
  • June 6-7: Rittenhouse
  • June 20-21: Manayunk, PA

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If you’re in these areas, make sure to stop by my tent! I’ll be posting the specific art fair names as the dates approach.

It means a lot for me to be traveling like this. It takes me to new places and new sights. Finding inspiration on the road is so much easier than staying in my studio all day. Being away from Philly takes me on both an emotional and spiritual adventure that makes me think about everything I thought I knew. Ideas I once had turn into completely different concepts that transform my drawings and help me grow as an artist.

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"Zero Gravity" by Anastasia Alexandrin

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So hang tight for my next set of stories to share! If you didn’t get to take advantage of the deals offered through my Kickstarter, please feel free to check out my website below for some prints and original drawings. And don’t forget about my social media of course!

Websiteaalexandrin.com

Facebookwww.facebook.com/AnastasiaAlexandrinArtist

Twitter/Instagram – @aalexandrin

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Less than 24 Hours Remaining!

We’re in the last stretch of my Kickstarter campaign! Thank you so much to those who have pledged and shared my fundraiser. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend you do! There are lots of drawings available EXCLUSIVE to this campaign.

I recently finished a new tryptic titled, “Magpie.” With less than 24 hours left, I decided to add a print as a reward! The piece represents the Australian magpie bird and how it is one of the few animal species that can recognize itself in its own reflection. The drawing takes a step back to analyze how we look at ourselves and learn who we really are or we see ourselves as.

Magpie (2015) Charcoal by Anastasia AlexandrinFind out more information here and stay tuned for updates on my journey! You, my followers, are truly special to me. I write my most in depth descriptions of my journeys across the country here and I can’t thank you enough for your continued support.

Been There, Done That

Thank you everyone for your patience and support during this busy time. As I mentioned last month, I’m still organizing my Kickstarter that will allow me to display my work to many new audiences on the west coast.

With this new festival circuit on the horizon, I thought I’d share some insight with you regarding art fairs. Firstly, if you’re planning to have a vendor it’s important to contact the promoters of the fair and inquire about the types of resources, such as press releases or flyers, that you may use. Next, and I believe this piece of advice is useful for artists of any medium – know your audience. What demographic will you be reaching at a given event? How old are they? Are they locals or tourists? Research the area – is it urban or suburban? Personally, my work seems to reach a rather young and edgy crowd, but I am often surprised at the different places in which my work does well. Coastal locals seem to like colorful portraits whereas city fairs gravitate toward a more modern, minimalist style.  Once you have determined your market, tailor your work. That doesn’t mean alter your style, it simply means modify your pieces to suit the proper audience. For example, if you’re attending a fair at a beach, add color matte. If you find yourself in an upper-class area, spend some extra time on your framing.

When planning for a fair it is of course crucial for you to examine your finances and plan accordingly. What will it cost to get there? What is the application fee? What is the break-even cost or at what point will I be making a profit? And finally, budget your time wisely. If the festival circuit has taught me anything it is that they days slip away far too quickly. You may think you have plenty of time to prepare for another fair in four days, but realistically, it isn’t always enough. Preparing for an art festival means ordering more prints, buying more frames, packing up and shipping artwork, sometimes making new pieces entirely, and there are still orders to complete outside of the fair. Pace yourself.
 
It is far from easy, but I always find the most difficult days of preparation and organization yield the best experiences. Over the past few weeks I’ve visited Virginia and showed my work in Connecticut and New York. Even with prioritization, it’s difficult to stick by a set schedule. But that’s the life I chose for myself. As an artist, there’s no typical 9-5 work day. No weekends off or vacation days. No stability. I sometimes have to question whether I’d be better off following a more traditional route. But when I visit the fairs and see what other artists are sharing, I’m completely inspired and I remember how wonderful my job is.
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“Monarch” – 2013 (Charcoal)

Once again, be on the lookout for my Kickstarter! Make sure to “Like” my Facebook page to keep up with the latest news and special promotions going on. Some of you may have already seen the $20 deal for a print of “Monarch” posted on my page last week.

Until next time!

Goodbye Summer

My recent venture to Pittsburgh’s 17th Annual Shadyside Art Festival, like any undertaking, was an experience worth having. I was given the opportunity to reconnect with many friends and artists from my time in Florida and was able to learn a great deal about the city itself. I also was given the opportunity to have my art featured on the local news station. (View more pictures of the Shadyside Art Festival from the Howard Alan Events Facebook page here!)
 
08_23_14 Shadyside Pitt08_23_14 Shadyside Pitt2Those who have viewed my latest pieces have noted an atmosphere different than that of my previous work. Perhaps a sharper edge that reflects a sort of maturation; a loss of innocence. It’s a transformation we all must undergo as we learn that we cannot depend on everyone, even those that we believe we can trust. It’s crucial that we come to recognize those in our lives that we can truly rely on and allow our experiences to guide us through our future endeavors.
 
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A drawing in progress

For me, the future is never definitive. However, I’ve recently come into contact with musician, who would like to use my 2010 drawing “Reach” for an upcoming project. Her career is only just beginning – the first of many exciting stages of a journey. To follow your passion is a difficult but rewarding decision.

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“Reach” 2010 – Charcoal

The musician discovered my work through Starry Night Retreat, a program which I participated back in 2010 that allowed me to travel to New Mexico and create art. With summer ending, I’m thinking about what this winter holds and planning a trip to return to the west coast to attend several different art fairs. To do this, I’m planning on hosting a Kickstarter in October. As I work out the details I hope to have my fellow bloggers and followers support my work.

 
As always, I’m very grateful to you all.