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Monday, March 24, 2014

LEAPing, as the Artist in me just made an executive decision !

 New 'An Original Hitt- Fine Art & Atelier' Studio
21K + miles solo trip to grow as an Artist
Paint the 'Heart Of Venice Views' to a 21K + mile Solo trip Cris-crossing the USA?  Been there done that!...
and save the date 27 Feb 2015 "At That Moment..." exhibit opens, that shares the journey, places & people.  OK,  so,  obviously NO reason to do it again: check. Not to mention, I have an exhibit to finish painting, and a New Studio:  An Original Hitt -K Hitt- Fine Art & Atelier to keep going
BUT... Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterrey CA is still very much a need to do... in many ways to finish what I have started full circle. So as almost pushed purchase airline tickets, as my last chance to book a flight 14 days out to fly to Monterrey at the discounted price... I stepped away from the button.  The cost, combined with renting a car, shipping supplies, etc. etc.... well- though gas when you drive a Tahoe does cost more, in the long run- so much more will be gained if just drive.  SOOoooooOOooOoOo.... here we go again, in part, and yes, Eric Rhoads, its all your fault!  Well perhaps my willingness to leap too... but excited and terrified at the same time.  

Why? Driving my trusty stead 6000 miles, piece of cake. Financing it... well- not so much.  I keep reading, working, watching... painting... teaching.  It takes time to put a new plan into action.  Though I have been an artist for life- When my youngest turned 22, this single mother of three leaped into high gear to make life choices work together for the good.  Without this turning into a TMI post, will leave it at that.  NOT independently wealthy, don't have investments to fall back on to fund anything, don't have a PR person in my corner.   If i watch my Artist Marketing Bootcamp I & II ten more times will that magically deliver the funds? Probably not. Applying as much as the counsel as possible, combined with Hard work does pay off in the long run though. It hasn't been quite a year since started this journey that titled the Grace Love Fellowship Tour last April 5th, 2013.  Turns out it really is a life long journey.  At the same time there is a beginning and a end to the initial. I made it back home 5 September 2013, only a couple months longer than expected.  The task at hand applying all from the journey is still at work, and do believe PACE continues to play a huge roll in that, and the initial growing as an Artist. It is like going to 30 workshops or more, in a week. So much to learn from all of these Artist. No matter our level of training, there is something to be learned at PACE for each and every attendee.  I still remember being in the umbrella and beginner groups last year ( though not a beginner wanted to learn all possible) and one of the best landscape artist in the country stood in the back to hear a fellow artist' presentation/demo.  They shared that THEY learned something new in the presentation too.  If we are not learning, we are not growing, and quite simply are paintings are not improving.   So that is just one reason why I am getting in my car for another six thousand mile journey.

Because i DO have an exhibit to finish painting, and the marketing to complete for it, and a studio to keep open.  Something that Elaine Adams said while at the last convention, has continually echoed in my mind, a tiny segment of what she shared: "...we help our customers build their collection...".  Frankly, to be in this category of being part of a 'collection' is perhaps a lofty goal, but yet it is not so, as far as in the spirit of why paint.  I don't want someone to just 'buy' a painting of mine.  The whole theme of my upcoming exhibit is why I paint; to transform one to "At That Moment...".  My artist statement shared in the image to the right. 

Boldly will say that I have been working really hard, and there is a lot of work left to do.  Probably a lot of miles to cover also, not just in my trusty stead, but with my brush to canvas.  OK, so, whats my point.  Bootcamp III ahead of me, I & II behind me (or under my belt) its time to do what can do to keep the momentum full speed ahead.  So, was going to have a art raffle to raise gas funds.  Then I read this blog post by fellow artist friend on FB: broader economic implications of donating your art

That honestly gave me pause.  Would I like to raise funds still in a energetic fun for all way, that hopefully is a win win for both new and old collectors (note used the word collectors) alike? YES.

SOoooooOOoooooooOOOooooo.... leaping to discern wisely just how to do that NOW, because simply now is the need at hand.  Plan to HITT the Road no later than April 2nd. So, to help send me off, and yes, perhaps even help fuel the trusty stead of a Tahoe too in the process on 
  March 31st is studio OPEN HOUSE at the 
An Original Hitt- K Hitt -Fine Art & Atelier.  Plus will work to keep the spirit of it being an added win win for us all.What would a gathering be without a good ole raffle? SoooOOoo lets have a 50/50 Raffle. Drawing will be Monday evening at 8pm. If you purchase three Tickets to the Raffle, you get Ten Percent off  An Original Hitt- K Hitt -Fine Art & Atelier purchases.  That can really add up to quite a lot! Gift certificates are available too, if you can not quite decide, discount applies, will just add it to the face value of your gift certificate.  Gift certificates may be used toward art or instruction at the Studio.  Doors open at the Studio at 8 am for this special day... 
to fuel HITTing the Road. You do NOT need to be present to win. 
So come help me HITT the road again pretty please.  Raffle tickets available on-line or at the Studio all this week up until 7:58pm Monday 31 March 2014. Tickets are fifteen for one, forty for three, Eighty Five for Seven.  Don't forget three gets you ten percent off at the Studio on all purchases before the raffle. See the PayPal link below to purchase on line.  Or come see me at the studio to purchase them in person.  If you purchase on line, I will send you a digital image of your possibly winning tickets via email, so make sure that you provide me with your email address.  Three Percent is added to all on line purchases and all charges to weigh the processing fees.
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Raffle Tickets one, three of seven

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