I had a busy day today, so a late post. I sold a wood pile among other things! I sold some sewing patterns and an old wood gardening tray as well, and I posted some jewelry and china online for sale.
I also had the pleasure of meeting a new patron. She stopped by to deliver a cheque for a piece she tried to purchase online. There seemed to be difficulties with PayPal not recognizing my correct email address. My web developer and I sorted that out. But as the buyer was local, I just emailed her and suggested dropping by the studio to pay me the money owed.
She dropped by this afternoon and we had a wonderful chat about my work, whether I would work on commission (I will, given the right situation), what the biggest size is that I make and why (2′ x 5′ because of my frame size), and to just admire my work. In the end she purchased two of my larger pieces – “Wascana Creek” and “The Barn”. I told her the story behind each piece. She was delighted.
Both pieces are based on smaller plein air pieces. “Wascana Creek” was hooked on a local man-made island called “Boreal Island”. It’s near a friend’s place and for part of the hooking of the plein air piece I had her and her dog’s company. The final studio piece was hooked at home in my studio. It is hooked from home spun yarn and wool and silk fibers on primitive linen backing. I hand dye most of my fiber.
“The Barn” is at The Crossings on the edge of Grasslands National Park. It’s been turned into a picnic shelter now. You can drive around the dugout and go into the paddock, which is where the barn is, park your car, and picnic at the picnic tables in the barn. The Crossings has rooms for rent above their old garage (now turned laundry and maintenance area for the nearby campground). I hooked “The Barn” plein air piece from a second floor window, as the mosquitoes were too thick to sit on the balcony and hook. Once again the finished piece was hooked in my studio.
I really enjoyed visiting with my new patron and was pleased to know my work would be hanging alongside the likes of Allen Sapp!
This week’s plan is to work more on “Escapees”. I may be planning a few larger prairie sky pieces as well. I have noticed an interest in the larger pieces among people in general.