Artist Blog by Sheep Incognito Artist Conni Togel

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Sheep In Mount Dora, FL – and What’s Wrong With The Art Market Lately?

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!

The Great Flock Defender Sheep Incognito Art

The Great Flock Defender Sheep Incognito Art

 

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Sheep Incognito Return to Anderson, SC for Holly Jolly Holiday Fair

Sheep Incognito Return to Anderson, SC for Holly Jolly Holiday Fair

Join us this weekend at the Anderson, SC Civic Center for some beautiful sheep art by one of Anderson's most well-known artists, at the premier holiday market in town

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.

Times:
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

Sheep Incognito by Conni Togel HAULIN' ASS

 

PASSING GAS by Sheep Incognito

 

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Fall is here! And SAFF is, too!

Almost time the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville, NC again!

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

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Sheep Incognito Now Available For Wholesale In Yarn Shops!

Knit Happens Knitting Art

Sheep Incognito Now Available For Wholesale In Yarn Shops!

For all you LYS/ Yarn Shops out there, the time has come to “sheepify” your shop contents!
The maaahvelous flock of Sheep Incognito by Conni Tögel is now available for wholesale, to bring smiles, giggles, and whimsical knitting art to your fiber store.

From the popular prints on paper and canvas, to awesome products like mugs, calendars, jewelry, tapestries, license plates, cross stitch charts, and ornaments, the popular sheep art makes a great add-on for your customers that are there for knitting workshops, crochet classes, or just to hang out.
Share the “sheepish smiles” while offering your customers some cute, very collectable Sheep Incognito art to add to their craft stash.

Please email us at the studio at conni at charisma-art.com, or give us a call at (864) 634-2150

 

Knit Happens Knitting Art

Knit Happens
Knitting Art by Sheep Incognito by Conni Togel

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A Drop of Tennessee

Currently I am working on a rather large commission piece for some friends of mine.

I am trying to override my whimsical style for a more “grown up” flavor – it’s a challenge.

Here are a few work-in-progress pictures – would love some feedback on them.


This is where it’s currently at:


Oils on canvas, 24″x48″

Call me to inquire about commissioning your own piece of memories for your home or office! (864)634-2150

To see more of my “serious work”, visit my gallery shop under the “no sheep” section.

Encouragement for Your Day!

Today has been tedious so far – trying to set up at Tulsa International Mayfest since this morning, but strong winds have kept us at a complete standstill.


Waiting for the kings of great waterbarrels to work their magic to save the booth from flying down Mainstreet in Tulsa.

So this is my inspirational “Keep Flying Anyway” post for you – everybody needs one of those occasionally!

Title: “EWE CAN FLY!” (Which today is more accurate than we’ve had it in a while…)

Available here: SHOP NOW for “Ewe Can Fly”

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Knit Happens!

Why Knitting on the Road Might be Bad for Ewe

Yesterday I rummaged through some of my unfinished knitting projects – which, yeah….none of them are finished. There are a lot of them.

And mostly, it seems my giving up point seems to be about a quarter of the way to the finishing point.

I am not sure what the psychologists say about that – I just consider it a new scientific discovery: my therapy   has a side effect of making me uneffective. Yup.

On this trip, I brought along one of my UFOs, just in case I find myself in the passenger seat on the road through Kansas again. ALWAYS bring something to look at while driving through Kansas (because: storm watching just makes you get caught in bad Kansas weather).

This painting is my prediction about how that will go for me this year – based on my experiences with watching the weather, and getting caught in it, I rather think the knitting in Kansas might wind up like this for me:

TITLE: KNIT HAPPENS 

Oils on canvas, 11″x16″, framed, $495

Dare to be Different Today!

Today is the day to change the world!

Sitting on the Metro in D.C. yesterday, I noticed that nobody on the train made eye-contact with anybody else. Nobody paid attention to the others. Nobody struck up a conversation. Nobody smiled.

And yet, there we were, only inches from each other, in a drab, cold, dirty environment – sharing the same breathing space, passing through each other’s lives for those few moments shared in time.

Of course, the argument could be made, that people are obnoxious, rude, cold, unfriendly, etc.
To me though, it seems that people are afraid – afraid of each other, afraid to smile, afraid to connect, afraid to step out of the comfort zone, afraid that maybe the other person might not smile back, might scowl at being engaged in a conversation, or and interaction of any kind.

Each in their own world. Each world lived in that same cold, dirty, bouncy tube running through tunnels of concrete.

A very sad, and very lonely world.

The whole ride, I was imagining the interior of the train transformed by happy colors – a beautiful sky painted on the ceiling. The handrails decorated with polka-dots and happy colors. The carpets replaced by something resembling a field of flowers. Happy music playing. The gaudy neon lights replaced with warm daylight bulbs. The cars clean, and fresh smelling. And the people, happy to ride home to their loved ones, carrying on conversations about their days at the jobs they love, or with people they enjoy being around.
Smiling at each other. Caring about the one girl that sits there all alone with a sad look on her face. Caring about the two girls from “The Hood”, whose parents obviously don’t care to know where they are or what they are doing. Caring about the young yuppie professional, with the new wedding band on his finger, and his new laptop case on his shoulder, with a nervous look on his face.

We have become so accustomed to being afraid of each other, that we have forgotten very much how much alike we are with all our fears, our concerns, and our lives in general.

It’s time to make a difference – act different – Dare to be Different!

Smile at someone.
Talk with someone.
Care about someone.

The world is never changed for the better when we don’t make the effort to make it better, each individual in their own living space.

So – put on your superhero cape, don the mask, and go fly!
You might be the only person that has smiled at that other person for the past few weeks. You might be surprised at what this does for them – and you!

Dare To Be Different Sheep Art Print
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New Sheep Painting!

There’s a new Sheep Incognito Hanging Out! (and he has pie!)

It’s Sprintime! And it means the trees have spring into bloom – and apparently, my sheep have decided to make a leap to the trees as well….wait! …this one has apple pie!

Title:” APPLE PIE IN THE SKY

Size: 12″ x 16″

Media: acrylics on canvas

Price: $450

contact my studio to purchase the original painting, or to order a custom sized, hand-embellished giclée reproduction on canvas of this one.

©conni tögel/ www.charisma-art.com

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