Trip to Bay Area, Participating in Art Show

On the heels of our painting trip to the Grand Canyon in early April, I was asked to show my work at the home gallery of Suzanne Elliott http://www.pleinairmuse.com/ in beautiful Bonny Doon, Santa Cruz, California. The show was scheduled over Mothers’s Day weekend, and was a good impetus to finish and frame more recent work, including several of the plein air paintings from the Grand Canyon trip.

Two paintings were sold prior to the show, both done in Plein Air style:


Here’s the gallery set up. We shared the indoor space, and a jewelry artist joined us, setting up in the patio:


The weather was beautiful, and the trip gave me an opportunity to see a few Bay Area friends along the way.

Before the show opened on Sunday we had a nice walk along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, beautiful! I do miss being closer to the ocean!


A few of the take away “future projects” which are now on my art “to do” list: create a batch of very small plein air painting to offer unframed and at a lower price point than framed work, and produce new greeting cards of recent work. These small items are a way for potential customers to dip their toes in my work without a larger expenditure. I’ll definitely do this before the next showing opportunity! Thanks Suzanne for the ideas and encouragement.

See more of my artwork here : oertlidesign.com

Now that I’m home there are also pressing gardening projects to get busy with. I just finished harvesting the huge batch of snap peas which exploded in the last few weeks when the weather suddenly turned to hot. I trimmed, blanched and froze several batches. I also created a  tasty soup with snap peas, carrots and onions, blended smooth yum!

Here’s the recipe for Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soup from Food.com: http://www.food.com/recipe/sugar-snap-pea-and-carrot-soup-517101?nl=email_share

Clearing the snap pea area in the raised bed for new plantings, and creating another new spot for planting nearby. Next up: zucchini, cucumber, more tomatoes and kale!

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6 thoughts on “Trip to Bay Area, Participating in Art Show

  1. Very impressive Gallery display! It all looks amazing, well done Suzanne. Framing is pretty pricey here, so I imagine that does up the cost of your art. Offering unframed work would appeal to me since I often frame items to compliment my decor. You’re getting lots done in the garden. I only plant flowers but admire may vegetable gardens in my neighbourhood. Sorry to hear about all that heat, I hope it cools down for you soon.

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    1. Thanks Alys! I definitely planted too many peas, and was overwhelmed when they all “popped out” 😸
      Still figuring out what grows well here and what doesn’t. Had to tear out a bunch of napa cabbage plants that bolted in the sudden heat 😕

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      1. I’ve never had much luck with lettuces of any kind. They seem to do better in cooler climates. Strawberries, too, don’t do very well here. I learned just last year that they prefer 80 degrees. I planted corn this year, along with tomatoes and basil. We also have raspberries going crazy thanks to the rain. We pick them right off the vine and devour them.

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  2. Barbara, I’m glad you and Sue got to display your art together, and that you had time to share studio space as well as the beautiful beach. It is a good idea to make your art available at different price points. My friend Pauline makes up cards and even postcards of her mixed media canvases. As you say, not everyone can afford original art, but they want to enjoy the artist and support the work. I imagine building a following as an artist is challenging. Most artists want to create, not market. Lucky for you, you are good at both of those things.

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