Starting Over

This year has been one for starting over, and it’s been in the best possible way. Having left a decade long relationship at the start of the year, I had to take some time to heal, reevaluate and find new inspirations. It’s been a refreshing break to say the least, I haven’t felt so loved and so inspired in my entire life.

My art has taken a more bold turn. I’m inspired by more abstract and simple designs that are impactful and moving. My signature whimsicality is still there, it’s just a bit more thoughtful and pared down in some of my painted pieces. Traveling has infused my process by slowing it down a bit, however with the holidays coming up, this will probably temporarily change!

I’ll be at the Enchant Christmas Light Maze and Christmas Market at T-Mobile Park in Seattle December 3rd-8th. I’ll be selling fresh art prints, stickers, scarves, coloring books and some new paintings (smaller ones, great for presents) from my sweet little booth. Be sure to stop by if you will be in the area!

Also, my Girl With the Crown site has been updated, and I’ve added some new stickers, and the new Drops Collection, featuring my Drops pattern in various colorways! I’ll be adding new products steadily over the next few weeks, including dresses and, yes, beanbag chairs!

I’m so, so incredibly excited for what is to come. Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. It’s greatly appreciated and means more than you know!

~Marjorie

Perspective

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“Balanced Calm” acrylic painting on canvas by Marjorie Henderson

2019 has been off to an insane start. Everything is new, fresh, and ripe with opportunities. I have a new career as a visual designer with an amazing garden center, and the freedom is refreshing. There is so much creativity bubbling there, and so many like minded artists and creatives to work with and get to know. My new schedule will hopefully lend itself to more time spent on my art after hours. I’ve already felt the inspirational pull to throw some things together, which hasn’t happened in quite some time. I think springtime does that. The flowering cherry trees are blossoming and more trees are showing new growth, so it’s an optimistic time.

I had the opportunity to have a small art show in January, and the painting shown in this post was something I created before the show. I ended up starting a whole series of paintings large and small, but with a similar, ethereal theme. This experience in January, however, was the most unique one I have had to date. I have shown my art in various venues-restaurants, cafes, a bookstore, a few boutiques, some small co-op galleries. This particular venue, I was told, was a small, empty place close to many of the popular galleries the general public frequents for the First Thursday art walk in Portland.

The gentleman who approached me about having my art there was enthusiastic and genuinely interested. When I arrived in the afternoon to hang my art, the space had been taken over by random furniture, bookshelves with books and Xbox games, random pictures, a microwave on a sticky table, and a flimsy cable that was supposed to be “an art gallery type hanging system” that was basically a clothesline. I was so incredibly disappointed. The man who wanted my art there came in and started gutting the place, and we barely cleared the space in time for opening. He had to hang sheets to cover some furniture. Barely anyone stopped in. I had some wonderful support from friends and coworkers, but this was by far the worst art show I’ve ever experienced.

Yes, I checked the place out before saying yes. It was empty. Sometimes people are desperate to get traffic into their business and use artists as a way to do so. Other times, people want the prestige of saying they hosted an art show. This time, unfortunately, was the latter and it was not supportive of me as the artist in any way. So often, artists are given opportunities because it’s exposure, but is it the right kind of exposure? Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s always good. I hope another desperate artist doesn’t have the same experience I did.

~Marjorie

Art Show Frenzy

I have an art festival coming up in a week (!!!) and my list of things to get done is still mountainous! Having been in a full time job for a little while now, I rarely have free time after work to create new pieces and work on planning my booth. I’ve made time here and there but the time I have after work is definitely less with this new schedule. I’m so thankful for this though, since it provides the funds necessary to make my booth what I need it to be and to get all of the supplies I need to create new art!

Having said all of this, I have been entirely too hard on myself. I chastise myself when I don’t think I have enough to work to show. I criticize my style, thinking I need to change and bend to the whims of what people want in their art. I need to learn to accept that I am in whatever I create, and that if people don’t like my style or what I convey, then they can buy someone else’s art. My art is by no means controversial or shocking in any way, but comparing my art to other art out there is like comparing my body to someone else’s. It’s not going to be the same, not everyone is going to like it, and I need to accept that and love it. And I do. It’s still hard, but I’m working on it everyday like I work on loving myself. I need to take time for self care and not feel guilty about not becoming the prolific artist I think I “should” be.

I have two days off coming up to work on painting and prepping. I may sneak some Netflix in there to clear my head or go for a good hike, and that’s okay. Artists, stop beating yourself up, whether it’s about how much art you pump out or the style of art, or even if you think you need to do art everyday. If it works for you, great. If not, just let it go. It’ll be easier to create! 🙂

 

~Marjorie

On to the Next

The Bend Fall Festival was amazing, one of the best shows I have been to so far! The patrons were very friendly and the turnout was awesome. I received so much good feedback and met some great and talented people.

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My booth at the Bend Fall Festival, 2016.

On the first day, I had my booth situated to where I stood outside of it, allowing customers to come through and view both tables. This set up did not garner much foot traffic. The next day, with the help of my husband, we rearranged the tables to where one was in front and one was in back, rather than two tables on either side that created a walkway. This was SO much more conducive to foot traffic and letting people stop by and check things out. I’m sure it was less intimidating for us to be situated towards the back of the booth rather than in the front of the booth greeting everyone immediately. Lesson learned!

I have another event I am participating in, this time for the holidays. It is the Portland Holiday Food and Gift Festival at the Oregon Convention Center! I’m really stoked about this event as well. It is a 3 day event, with other makers and artisans and food vendors, and it is a super fun holiday gathering for Christmas shoppers to get into the spirit of the season! My booth will be a bit different this time around. For one, I will not need a canopy since the event is indoors. Also, I will be able to sell my jewelry there, so I will have a different merchandising mind set when setting up my booth.

On to the next as they say! Hopefully I can continue this pace next year as well and get into more shows and events. It’s a blast and I thoroughly enjoy planning out and executing my booth. Good luck to all of you small business owners out there this holiday season!

 

~Marjorie~

Art Show Prep

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Instagram post from @art.by.marjorie

Art festivals are always exciting and panic attack inducing times! I say panic attack inducing thanks to a crazy dream (or nightmare, depending on how you look at it) that involved me running around Bend like a crazy person because I left half of my supplies, fixtures and art at home and home is 3 hours away. Nothing went right, shelves broke and art disappeared, and I had 10 helpers but no real help. I woke up absolutely terrified that it actually happened and jumped out of bed to make my giant to do list for the festival this weekend in Bend, Oregon. Enter coffee, Pandora music, and food!

Thankfully, I try to stay pretty organized and keep a lot of my art show/festival supplies together and well stocked. I made labels, ordered an updated promotional sign for my booth, shared the event on various social media outlets, and took inventory of my paintings, drawings, and prints. The rest of the week is all about creating some fresh drawings and maybe a few more paintings to round out my collection for the weekend. After checking several more things off of my to do list, I feel less anxious about the coming weekend. The only major thing I have left to do is to spray paint some wood for some fixtures my amazing husband is helping me build! I wanted to create a nice way to display prints and drawings without having to just have baskets full of prints to flip through (even though that’s one of my favorite things to do as a customer). I’ll post photos after the festival!

Honestly I think I’ve done pretty well so far considering I only found out a week and a half ago that I was accepted into the festival. What’s your routine in preparing for a big art event? Do you ensure you are stocked up throughout the year? Or do you enjoy to pressure to create work in a short amount of time? I like having prints ready and plenty of paintings for sale, but I also like coming up with fresh paintings right before an event, especially when I have the luxury of working from home and getting into a creative zone.

Enjoy your week!

~Marjorie

 

Running Around

Thanks to my new (temporary) full-time self-employed status, today was a busy day spent running around, putting art up and bringing ideas to fruition! Don’t you just love days like that?

Urban Retreat Salon Spa in Vancouver, WA.
Urban Retreat Salon Spa in Vancouver, WA.

I drove up to Vancouver, WA to install a few paintings at Urban Retreats Salon Spa, located at 12504 NW 36th Ave. The ambiance there is so calming, I think I’ll have to trek back up there to check on the paintings and prints and throw a facial in there too. The staff is sweet and friendly, and the environment is perfect for art. A selection of paintings and prints will be available there through the holidays.

After updating the website, I decided I needed to update my business cards. I’m always trying to perfect the image and feeling I want my site and business collateral to portray, and I think I finally have something that conveys my optimism and colorful view of the world. I love them!

My new business cards!
My new business cards!

A big thanks to all of my supporters, my site traffic has had a significant uptick this week! Thanks for sharing my blog and my art with others on all the various social media platforms we have out there, particularly with Facebook and Instagram, it’s been awesome connecting with other artists that share the same passion for their craft!

~*Marjorie*~

RAW Portland-Photos From the Event

Me standing in front of my booth.
Me standing in front of my booth.

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Photo Credit: Melissa Toledo

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Brendenn Kralicek and I enjoying art. Photo Credit: Melissa Toledo

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Headshot. Photo Credit: Melissa Toledo