Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos

Grace Bay

I was nominated for the FiveDay Landscape Challenge by Oscar Matos-Linares, so I thought I’d do something a little different for the first image. This is a little animation I shot one morning on Grace Bay, in the Turks & Caicos. Grace Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, and it’s always a pleasure to stroll along the sand. I found this coral near the shore, and spent a good half hour watching the clouds and the waves play with each other. For the first nomination, I pick Doug Cavanah, who is the master of beach pictures…

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Graph Paper Press WordPress themes

I’ve used the Graph Paper Press themes on a couple of web sites for other artists, and have found them pretty easy to work with. Steve Baldauf’s site uses the Chromatic theme, while the page for Antoni Kozlowski uses the Base theme. Check out the artists, and check out the themes. Through my partnership with GPP, I can offer you a coupon good for a discount should you be looking for a starting point with Word Press development.

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Art Show Tracking Template

Often, simple is better when it comes to keeping on schedule, and getting things done. This is an Excel spreadsheet that I use from year to year to keep notes on which shows I’ve applied to, and which shows I still need to do the paperwork for. It could be a lot more complicated, with columns for booth fees, electrical, whether I’ve sent the money in, and so forth. But practically, since Zapp keeps payment and acceptance records indefinitely, and you can generally access the archived applications, I found that I really only needed a list to go by from year to year. I apply to the same shows from year to year, adding a few, subtracting a few. Too much data was overkill for me.

So here’s the spreadsheet. Feel free to modify, add, delete, whatever you like. Comments and suggestions welcome.


A simple show comparison worksheet

If you are on the fence about traveling to a national show versus staying home to do a smaller show, here’s an Excel spreadsheet that will help you model the expense and income from both. Make one sheet that reflects your actual product mix, and then duplicate it for each show. Fill in the travel and show expenses; get figures for show attendance and number of artists. When you have the two sheets side by side, you will have a better idea of which show might work for you.

Of course there’s no guarantee that the weather will be good, people will show up and buy stuff, or that your competitors won’t have a double booth across the way from you. There are so many variable in this business, that it’s very hard to predict an accurate outcome from any show. But this little sheet can help you get a handle on just how much you need to break even at any show.

Get the worksheet.