A Trip to Florida in February, and Why Some Places Won’t, and Another Place Will Have Sheep This Year
After a short hiatus from the center of Florida last Winter, the Sheep Incognito are heading back to the always fabulous Mount Dora Fine Arts Festival on the first weekend in February!
This will be the kick-off of a year of “sheepishness” near and far – we’ve already booked shows from North Carolina to Colorado, from Florida to New York, and many places in between.
For this year, some of our favorite shows will have a different artist in our spot – some shows like mixing things up every year, so Mount Dora will have us in Booth A-029 this time.
For a few other big shows this year, scheduling conflicts due to some family events that fall on those exact weekends will have me being home with family instead. Not a bad thing at all. It will give all of you a chance to support some of the other fantastic artists there this year – keep art alive, by purchasing directly from the artist!
With the influx of “junk art” – the big, cheap, canvas prints with gel-medium as texture, that you can buy for little money at home furnishing stores, craft stores, and discount clothing stores – many artists have noticed a downturn in sales and interest from the people attending even the juried fine art shows.
Galleries have closed. Art programs in schools have been slashed. More and more of the cheap import art is cropping up everywhere. Shows are being added at a dizzying pace. Existing shows are adding more and more booths (some even adding on booths for “commercial” wares – gutter guards, windows, mass-produced wares, etc.) that increase their income, but also water down the sales for the artists at the same time. Booth fees have gone up, hotels are more expensive, etc…
Very concerning trends, and not easy to cope with as a full-time professional artist.
Nonetheless, I will continue to paint – because, it’s my game, not theirs. And, I love what I do – whether I am traveling or not.
So, to make things a bit easier, I’ve also begun adding painting lessons in my studio – great fun to do, relaxing, no mass-produced wares to compete with, and, best of all, new friends to make.
Come join me there sometime! Or, check my schedule every now and then to see where I will be – if we are close to where you are, we can meet in that area somewhere to do some “paint flinging” together. If you like painting outdoors, we can do something out in the Rocky Mountain National Park this June – we’ll be there, and it would be awesome to paint some beautiful landscapes there together!
Either way – keep checking the schedule – though we might not be at some of the big juried shows this year, we’ve added a few fun Celtic/Irish/Highlands Festivals this year, and as always, our big Sheep & Wool Festivals are always a blast as well!
As always, I LOVE hearing your comments and ideas for new Sheep Incognito paintings – leave a comment, share this post, and thanks for being part of the Sheep Incognito Flockies in the meadow of life!
Also, if you are in connections with a decent children’s book publisher by chance, I would love to have some feedback for the two books I’ve written and am illustrating as well. They do involve sheep in some capacity, but do appeal to the general market more than the sheep arena.
Here is my newest painting:
“The Great Flock Defender” click this link to order prints of it!
We want to take a moment to thank all of Ewe for being faithful flock fans for the past year – and years before: because of you, we can continue to bring smiles, happy giggles, and a few heartfelt “awww”s to your world and the art world at large.
This past year, we were so lucky to get to meet so many of you in person – we LOVE getting to see smiles in real life, and hugs make our day, and bring back some warmth to the world, so THANK EWE for stopping by!
To those of ewe that have placed orders on the website, or called in, or snagged art in our #SheepFling events on Facebook and Instagram: thank ewe for giving the Sheep Incognito such maaahvelous friends to hang out with – I consider myself blessed to know that so much of my art is getting to bring smiles to peoples’ lives every day, instead of just hanging on a museum wall for brief glances by passerby visitors.
Starting in January, there will be workshops and training sessions available – whether painting on canvas, or intruductions to ProCreate App, the studio will be buzzing with lots of learning getting done.
Also, though it is taking much longer than I wanted it to, I am working on my first adult/kids book.
Or maybe two. Not sure.
What I do know, is there might be monsters. And sheep. And some smiles. And the color pink. Who knows where that might lead…
I might start a Patreon account for that purpose – it’s become almost impossible to keep up with the business side of things while we travel, so we have cut wayyy back on shows for the first quarter of 2018, to give us time to work in the studio, get the book written, add some wholesale connections, try a few new painting techniques, add some workshops, and all that fun stuff.
As always, we LOVE hearing from you: how are the sheep in your home behaving themselves?
Any special requests for workshop themes? Any feedback is appreciated, of course.
We hope your holiday season is filled with fluffy things, big hugs, maaahvelous moments, and silly giggles, on top of good friends, good memories, and good things all around.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your patronage over the years – and keep a lookout for many new things happening in the Sheep Incognito studio in 2018.
MERRY CHRISTMAAAHS and have a Maaahvelous New Year!
Conni & Scott at Charisma Art Gallery / Sheep Incognito Studio
email us: email@example.com
Just in time for Christmas, this cute painting of a “Baaahrtridge In A Bear Tree” has hit the market with prints, giclée art on canvas, mugs, necklaces, and license plate available.
This weekend, the internationally collected, award winning "Sheep Incognito" flock of paintings, prints, and sheepishness by Anderson resident Conni Togel returns home to join the group of outstanding vendors for the annual "Holly Jolly Holiday Fair" at the Anderson Civic Center.
Anderson is 45 minutes from Greenville, SC (number #6 on the list of "Fastest Growing Cities in the USA"), home to BMW USA, Michelin, USA; 20 minutes to Clemson University; 2 hours to Atlanta, GA; 10 minutes to Lake Hartwell; 1 1/2 hours to the Blue Ridge Parkway; 2 hours to Asheville, NC.
This is where the Sheep Incognito Studio has been located since 2005.
This weekend November 17-19, 2017, artists and crafters from the Southeast gather for the annual Holly Jolly Holiday Fair at the Anderson Civic center for a holiday market filled with great gift ideas, holiday ch
eer, and of course, some sheepish humor in Conni's paintings and prints.
Friday, November 17, 2017: VIP Night Opening 5 pm – 9pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017: 10 am-6pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017: 1pm – 5 pm
Tickets are available here: https://www.hollyjollyholidayfair.com/tickets
After last weekend's maaahvelous New York Sheep & Wool Festival, the Sheep Incognito Flock is on to it's next gallery appearance at SAFF/Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville/ Fletcher North Carolina at the WNC Ag Center near the airport.
Starts this Friday with a preview, and turns into a fiber fun extravaganza for Saturday and Sunday.
Classes and workshops happen Thursday thru Sunday – signups are on the SAFF website.
On the road through the Shenandoah Valley this morning:
FROG IT ALL, Sheep Incognito mugs, license plates, and Christmaaahs Cards – all available ghrough the Sheep Incognito Shop at charisma-art.com
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Anybody on social media, or even just talking politics with friends has noticed: Peace on Earth seems to be “muchly” a thing of the past…
Bring in the sheep!
They have no trigger fingers. They might be colorblind. They can’t use foul language. They don’t care whether their flock members are kneeling, standing or laying down. They also don”t care much, if the lead sheep has a mind of its own.
They do, however, care very much for the good things in life.
Bouncing when happy. Eating corn until they are almost sick. Finding a good place to just sit and enjoy life and good memories. Hanging out with their flock. Being at peace.
We definitely should acquire some of their notions – I do think the world would be a much better place for it.
Ewe’s The Missing Peace
Original oils painting on canvas, 16 inches x 20 inches, $895 (frame not included)
LOVEBIRDS – A New Sheep Incognito Original Painting In The Flock, and Why Sitting On A Twig With A Rhino Is A Bad Thing.
Love is a strange thing, sometimes.
It does not always follow a logical path, and it most certainly does not always put ewe together with a mirror image of ewe either.
It seems that quite often, love puts two completely different personalities together – it is up to us to keep things in baaaahlance, not shake that branch too much, but stay close to each other to keep hanging in there.
True, with some it is easier than with others – one would not want to share a twig with an angry rhino, if one is just a tiny sparrow, for example. (been there, done that).
That scenario has all kinds of endings – most of them involving a loud crash and fall, often with thorny hindsights, and an even angrier rhino (also: been there, and done that, too).
Instead – something with feathers might be the softer side of good relationships. Something light. Slightly Quacky. And most definitely something sweet and harmless.
Finding that one weird creature landing on your branch might shake your world, but it also might be the start of a whole flock of happy things on that twig.
Look up in those trees – pick the one without a rhino.
Advice from the Sheep Incognito Flock.
Also available as embellished giclée reproductions on canvas in multiple sizes, or as archival prints on paper, matted, in three standard frame sizes.
Call me at the studio to order: (864)634-2150.
The Wanderers Of Maaahem On A Cute Coffee/Tea Mug of “Fellowsheep Of The Ring”
Just added the “Fellowsheep of the Ring” mugs to my website today – many of “ewe” have been asking about these, so here ya go!
These mugs are a great way to get your smile on with your first #cupofjoe in the morning.
They also make fantastic gifts for the nerdy one in your life, or for your own Lord Of the Rings collection – just a little sheepishness for your life!