It is already one month into my summer show season… things are busy around here! I’m a regular vendor at the Carroll County Farmer’s Market in Westminster, MD.
My booth is located in the kitchen building, so I get to smell all the delicious food (when I usually arrive on an empty stomach).
I also participated in the 2nd annual Urbana Music and Arts Festival in Frederick, MD.
This year, I remembered to bring my tent… which I was proudly able to set up by myself. No burly, muscled men required. ;)
I always get a kick out of seeing my fellow vendors arriving in mini-vans and pick-up trucks, while I unpack my modest 4-door Chevy like a clown car. LOL
I do have a slight advantage because my merchandise is printed on flat pieces of paper, and doesn’t take up much space… ;)
Taking a break from my Flower Cats series, I began painting a portrait of Anne Boleyn on a stretched canvas measuring 8×10. I didn’t realize how narrow my focus had been while painting tiny ACEO cards, until holding a larger canvas in my hands. I’d also never painted pearls before. :)
I had interested festival goers stopping to watch me paint all day, several returned again and again to check on my progress. I finished 2/3 of Anne during the course of the festival.
For the following show, I worked on another 8×10 canvas ~ a portrait of Catherine of Aragon… the first wife of King Henry, whom he divorced after a scandalous break from the Catholic Church, in order to marry Anne Boleyn.
She is also wearing a dress accented with pearls.
Continuing in the Tudor Cats Collection (as I’ve decided to paint all six wives, and Henry himself… and perhaps Mary and Elizabeth, too!) … I am now working on his third wife, Jane Seymour. She is also wearing a ton of pearls. I’m getting tired of painting them, but it seems that pearls were very popular in Tudor jewelry. ;)
Watch for them to be listed in the Original Paintings section of my Etsy shop.
I also have greeting cards, bookmarks, magnets, keychains, and prints available to purchase featuring both Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon…. although I haven’t uploaded them to Etsy yet. (I still have hundreds of items to photograph and list! Whew!) I will be making announcements on Facebook as I get items listed, or you can simply e-mail me with your request. :)