Monday, July 16, 2012

artscape prep

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Artscape Baltimore is this weekend! Who's going to brave the heat and crowds to check out the biggest free art market in the country? 

I've written before about what a day as an art market vendor is like, but Artscape is about 100 times bigger than any art market I've ever done before. Needless to say, I've been busy. My house looks like a store exploded in it. I've got piles of bulk materials scattered throughout the house. (What am I ever going to do with 500 paper bags???) I've got folding tables set up in just about every room to expand my staging area. My fingers are permanently smeared with ink. There are bits of plastic, rubber, and cardboard everywhere. I've been testing out new displays for showcasing my art, signing and packing prints, gathering supplies, draining my bank account on expedited shipping, spending late nights in the studio, trimming paper, carving blocks of rubber, writing To Do lists and wondering how I will get everything done...

And yes, there is new art. New animal block prints, new gouache illustrations, and new ink drawings, along with plenty of old favorites. They'll all be making their debut in Baltimore this weekend in Booth E103 on Mount Royal Avenue. And once it's all over with, the new prints will be available in my Etsy shop - but that won't be until next week.

That being said, I'm too excited not to share a peek at what I've been up to:
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(Hey, how'd that get in there???)

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Whew! Almost there. I think I can, I think I can...
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See you on Friday. Or Saturday. Or Sunday! Let's do this, Artscape!

7 comments:

Karen Travels said...

First of all I love the illustration with all the favorite things, so neat! Second, Can you please do an art show in NC so Brycen and myself can come!! Baltimore is too far - waaaaaah.

Sarah said...

Rachel, you are crazy talented. I love, love, LOVE those animal prints. Especially that fish - so cute! Best of luck - I can't wait to hear how it goes :)

Lauren McKenna said...

I want every single one of these!

Marypat said...

Everything looks fabulous!Can't be in Baltimore, but I have DelRey on my calendar for October. BTW, are you still doing state shaped ornaments? I'd love to get a couple more VAs for my daughters' Christmas trees (the one I bought is for ME!)Have fun in Baltimore!

Karin said...

Do I spot a "Things that are Awesome" print?! Yay! :)

Mike Dale said...

Love the highly anticipated Awesome print! Your branding is very nice and consistent...great job.

sjlkehl said...

I see I Rhino in my future :) Have a great time at artscape, good luck!