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A Peddler's Life for Me...

Sandra Turner

Back in the daypeddler's wares were more or less the necessities of everyday life, pots, pans or a new invention perhaps. Today's peddlers, or as they are called in these modern times, "vendors" bring to the public a wide range of items. Just like the brick and mortar stores, they face competition from on line shopping, so the caveat for them is the venue that brings people outdoors in the first place. then giving them something they cannot find elsewhere, and not to be forgotten, the personal interaction with the artist or craftsman.

Your hometown is always a great place to start and have found my best days in Newburyport on Inn Street. However traveling is a part of it all and this summer I have gone back and forth to Cape Cod for quite a few Art Festivals. Keeping an open mind to it all has made it an enjoyable experience.

 Spent nine days on Inn Street in Newburyport during the Artisans Revival.

Spent nine days on Inn Street in Newburyport during the Artisans Revival.

However traveling is a part of it all and this summer I have gone back and forth to Cape Cod for quite a few Art Festivals. Keeping an open mind to it all has made it an enjoyable experience. So much to learn....What price range will attract sales, what items are shoppers looking for, how do you stand out from all the other white tents lined up in rows? I have rearranging my display multiple times, adding and taken away signage, learned when and how to speak to those who passing by.

Now with about three shows left for this season, I am reflecting on where I want to go from here. Expanding beyond coloring books and greeting cards to color is definitely a must. I have had fun adding a different type of pencil holder like the small bird houses, which catch the eye and add interest to the display.

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The new coaster line that I previewed at the Inn Street Artisans Revival in Newburyport this summer was a hit, so after perfecting the process, will start to work on new watercolors of local scenes in surrounding areas to reproduce as coasters. This is one way to bring my art to people within an affordable price range. It is the joy of knowing that my art is being enjoyed and shared by others, and not stacked away in my studio that keeps me going.

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I get excited thinking about having some of my art printed on fabric and then making useful items. Have been researching this and will definitely be on my list of projects to work on over the fall and winter months.

Must say that my experience would not have been the same if not for the mentor-ship of a woman who has been in the business of selling directly to the public for the past ten years. I know that she would want to remain anonymous, but wanted to give a shout out to her for all her advice and encouragement.

Now getting ready for a one day show at the Plymouth Waterfront on Saturday August 26th. Then back to Newburyport for a Labor Day Weekend Market on Inn Street. More info on this one to follow....

 

 

 

 

 

Color Cape Cod

Sandra Turner

Hooray! After six months of work, my latest coloring book of local scenes on Cape Cod has gone to press. It took me a few days to switch gears and start preparing myself for the upcoming events that I have scheduled with the release of the book.

The first one will be the Brewster in Bloom Festival the weekend of May 6th & 7th in Brewster, MA. I will be under the big tent, so set up should be easy without having to bring my own tent and weights, etc.

Locally, I will be at the 6th Annual Salisbury Art Stroll on May 13th. from 10am-4pm on the Old Eastern Marsh Rail Trail (parallel to Bridge Rd/Rt 1) at Friedenfels Rd. Salisbury, MA.

I will have some new products this year to go along with my books: first, 5 x 7 local scene greeting cards printed in black and white on heavy stock for you to color. They will be sold in gift sets of 6 cards and envelopes; next are 3" mini canvas ornaments that are printed in black on white and hand painted with watercolor. Have changed up my displays this year to accommodate these additional items and look forward to seeing everything come together.

Hope to see you at one of the many events of 2017. Check out my Event page for more details.

 

Taking some time for yourself

Sandra Turner

Came across this sketch going through some old journals. Looking at it brought me right back to that moment. My son's apartment in BA, my routine of making the coffee in the quiet early morning, while the rest of the household slept.  As I stood in the small sun laden kitchen. looking out to the balconies full of plants and hanging laundry, I started to feel my body unwind, and my mind free itself of all stressful thoughts. I stretched in the sunlight, feeling its warmth. The joy of being in the moment...

Our World is Watching

Sandra Turner

Here is my completed entry for this March show at the Newburyport Art Association. The map that I did the drawing on is of the area I live and was taken out of a Road Map Atlas. The paper was heavy and took the colored pencil fairly well.

I was able to funnel some of my feelings from all the recent turmoil into this piece.

Artwork size is 14" x 20"

 

COLORED PENCIL CLASS

Sandra Turner

 Completed in colored pencil using the 3 primary colors.                                                                  Drawing from" Color Newburyport" by S. Turner

Completed in colored pencil using the 3 primary colors.                                                                  Drawing from" Color Newburyport" by S. Turner

I recently taught a colored pencil class at The Artists Playground in Newburyport. There is lots of prepping for a new class and thought I would share some of what the class was about.

The goal of the class was to learn to use the colored pencil medium to blend colors from light to dark, warm to cool, bright to dull, by completing practice sheets and color wheels. We then applied these concepts on illustrations from my "Color Plum Island" and "Color Newburyport" books.

It's a lot to learn in four, two hour classes and really requires that you complete the rest of the assignment at home so that you can be ready to learn the next step.

Here are some of the sheets I handed out so you too can print out and practice. You can also view the completed exercises in the second gallery below.