Friday, March 1, 2013

Florida Series

Here is another acrylic painting demonstration from my Florida series.

Several years ago when I was first doing outdoor art shows, I decided NOT to make paintings that were tropical in nature because every other booth at the shows were of manatees, fish, dolphins, palm trees, etc etc.  I wanted to be different!  So I refused to paint them

What I didn't realize at that time is that the public was buying that style of art and that is why so many artists were making it.  So I sat with my fruits, flowers, frogs, abstracts and whatever I was making at the time and hauled most of my inventory back home with me when the shows ended.  After doing this for about 12 consecutive shows, the penny finally dropped and I realized the error of my ways. 

I began painting small tropical pieces in bright and wild colors on 16 x 20" pieces of paper and dropping them into my print rack at my shows.  They FLEW out of the display at $40 each, much to my surprise.  Thus began my Florida series that became over 60 pieces in total.  I did various mediums and sizes over the years.  It was the best selling of all my series by far.  I don't do art shows anymore, but if I did the entire display would contain Florida pieces.


  1. Same thing happened to me, but with black cats! I had a booth with my crazy work, and close to sold nothing, except any cat I made, and faster if it was a black cat :o/ I made them for a while, but I really wanted to paint other stuff, so i guess we have to find a middle point where you paint what you like, and sell what you paint.
    Anyway, I want to thank you Deb, for participating in the 29 faces challenge. It is always fun to visit your blog!

  2. Thanks Martha! I am only blogging once at week at the moment. I needed to have some time away from the online obsession.

    I wish we could have done some art shows together....that would have been fun!!