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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Neptune Festival 2017

Sheep Incognito will be baaack at the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival in 2017

It’s been a while – and the flock of Sheep Incognito are excited to be back at the beach!

Last year we could not make it to the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach – something about a schedule conflict or a late application.

But, because it really is one of our more favored shows, this year we got on board early, and even managed to get the same spot on the corner of 27th that we had in previous years.
Look for us in Booth #2701C

This year, we’ll have all sorts of new sheepishness in tow – come visit us again, for the final blast of Summer 2017 at the Beach!

Sheep Incognito Neptune Festival

Sheep Incognito Booth#2701 at the Neptune Festival

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Ford Arts, Beats,Eats, Royal Oak, Michigan

Ford Arts, Beats, & Eats, Royal Oak, Michigan

Come visit the Sheep Incognito booth everybody was smiling about last year on Washington at the 2016 Ford Arts Beats Eats Festival in Royal Oak, Michigan!

Sheep Incognito at Arts Beats Eats 2016

Sheep Incognito at Ford Arts Beats Eats 2017

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Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC

Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC

 

Look for the Sheep Incognito at the one-day Art in the Park in Blowing Rock in July, and at the August event as well!

 

From the event website:

“Location: Park Avenue in Downtown Blowing Rock
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Parking: Free parking downtown on the street and in the parking decks on Wallingford St. and at BRAHM.  Free trolley to and from parking areas at Tanger Outlets and Food Lion, all day, looping every 15 minutes.

Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent. Today, Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.

Art in the Park’s high standards and professional jury attract artisans from all over the Southeast to exhibit in a series of six shows, May through October. The quality of work exhibited draws thousands to the area each month.

Art in the Park is planned and administered by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber takes pride in working to support and showcase top talent over a variety of mediums at each show. The town and area businesses are enthusiastic and participate with Art in the Park, and the public eagerly anticipates each season.”

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Art in the Park 2017, Columbia, MO

The Sheep Incognito are heading baaahck to Columbia, MO this weekend for the 2017 Art in the Park festival!

 

Come see what everybody smiled about at last Summer’s event – and start collecting a flock of smiles all your own this year!

 

more information is available on the Columbia Art League website

 

https://columbiaartleague.org/artinthepark/home/

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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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Fairfax Corner Art Festival – Fairfax, VA

The 2nd Annual Fairfax Corner Art Festival
with Sheep Incognito by Conni Togel in attendance!
About the Festival
When:
  • Saturday, April 29th, 2017
    10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday, April 30th, 2017
    10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost:

Free Admission

Let us know if you will be there – we want to make sure we bring enough collector cards for everybody!
RSVP:

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Why Do You Buy Art (Or Not?)

It turns out, the market for original art changes from year to year.

As a full-time artist, I do a LOT of people-watching, analyzing, and observing. But it still has not become clear to me why visitors to one art festival will clear out the booths with their buying frenzy one year, and not buy a thing the next year.

Do you buy original art at art shows and festivals – or do you buy at galleries instead?

Why do you choose one over the other – and has your art buying changed in the past two to three years?

 

 

 

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