Then and Now: A Comparison of My Paintings & Booth Display from my Teenager Years

One of the first paintings I ever sold was of a white cat and a butterfly in a field. I painted it when I was 13 yrs old and sold it in a sidewalk sale; the first one I ever participated in.

It’s funny to me how I can remember particular paintings from my past (and that anyone one would want to buy my art). I decided to reinvent that same painting today.

Here is today’s version of my Cat with Butterfly.

Here is what my art stand looked like for my very first art show, the Portland Sidewalk Art Festival in Portland, Maine. I was young, still in High School, but with the love and support of my parents and a couple of artist mentors I decided to give it a try!

I actually sold $1000.00 of art that day, and was hooked from then on to create and sell my watercolors! I love to paint watercolors just as much now as I did back then.

This is what my art stand looks like today. It’s grown a bit from that first show.

Selling art is a whole different ball game these days now that we have the internet. We have access to cool new technology, equipment, and resources at our fingertips. The art world is more diverse than ever.

I often wonder how all these fast acting changes will affect art shows?

I’ve decided to look forward to the future, and experimenting how to present myself to the world online. However, I’ll take a good old fashion indoor or outdoor art show any day of the week! It will always be my favorite place to connect with people:)


2 thoughts on “Then and Now: A Comparison of My Paintings & Booth Display from my Teenager Years

  1. Tracy I am an artist in Bangor and met Penny Pesaturo at my last show in Augusta and I have enjoyed your site. I was wondering if you would be willing to help me get into the world of licensing. I am a high school teacher and been doing shows for 5 years and I have given myself as this is the last year teaching and going out on my own across the country, I am scared to fail so I need your inspiration.

    1. Hi Kim,
      It’s wonderful to hear from you! I currently have something in the works to help new artist propel their careers in the art & craft world. I hope to have it ready to share with yah in the winter of 2019.

      Shows are definitely the best way to start because they help define your style, brand, and voice in your art. Licensing can be great but it takes a lot of time to build momentum. It can take most artist an average of 2-3 years of working in the industry before they can consider going full time. Start by summing some of your work to companies. Look for stationary, flag, and fabric companies. Not the shops that sell these things but the companies that make them to sell to retailers. They will have submission guidelines on their websites.

      Good luck, and I hope to be in touch with you soon! Tracy

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