The sky has been stuck in neutral gray and it feels like its been raining for a week, which can only mean one thing. It’s time for the Fall Foliage Festival in Waynesboro, VA. Fingers crossed the weather will have this gloom out of its system by next weekend and we will get clear skies.
I really love the FFF and am excited to get my tent out, set up shop and unpack those paintings I had tucked away in my garage. I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. It creeps up on me fast and then about a week out, I feel the panic set in and I wish I could barter for more studio hours. Its not that I don’t have the inventory to fill up my space, its just my rebellious nature driving me to keep working when Mr. Logic says you don’t have the time for the next piece. My wife has been informing me of the calendar date since early July. She is a much better listener to Mr. Logic than I ever will be.
In my head I am playing out the different scenarios of which paintings I could complete in such a short time as well as what I need to do to make the voyage to Virginia. Packing paintings is the worst. Everything needs to sit just right without any pressure points on the canvases. Also, I don’t like to pack them until the last minute. The Thursday night before the weekend can get a little hairy, but I manage. I only do a few of these festivals a year and I realize I sound like a baby. Maybe I am. Some people do it every weekend and are very successful. But honestly, I don’t see how I could squeeze out the extra time or manage the stress of logistics to go full on like those guys. I just want to paint. Waynesboro FFF is my festival of choice and I can’t wait to set out my most recent work.
So come see me in space #239 and we can chitchat about the weather or the painting I just completed. Here’s hoping I finish this colorful geometric one tonight so I can jump into something new by the weekend. Also I have some varnishing I need to complete. Then there’s the inventory and price tags that need to be finished. And every painting needs to have hanging hardware. Where did I put those business cards? I should probably pack some tools just in case. And I can’t forget my rain jacket and extra socks.