Our first house hunting trip to Maine! From staying in a room with a Paul Bunyan mural (and seeing the giant statue), climbing Mount Batty, antique shopping, blueberry waffles and lobster, exploring downtown Bangor and the beach, lighthouse hunting, and Stephen King's mansion. I'd say we fit a lot in for just a weekend up there on top of looking for houses! I already miss Maine so much and can't wait to permanently move there. It really just feels like home.
Next upcoming show is the Downtown Bethlehem Fine Art & Craft Show! Mother's Day weekend along Main Street in Historic Bethlehem.
A city filled with arts, culture, and historic sites such as the Bethlehem Steelstacks which is where I took this photo. What used to be the 2nd largest steel company in the country, now hosts festivals, concerts, and community events.
Well it has been an extra busy couple of months! Market season is officially underway and we finally got our house up for sale! This has been something boiling up inside me for awhile. I've been wanting to get out of the Philadelphia area. This was never a place I wanted to settle, but you you know how it goes...Andrew got a job right out of college naturally I followed him out here once I was finished my internship for school. I'm not going to lie, it has been a real struggle for me. I don't like the hustle and bustle. It makes me anxious, and the traffic is terrible. People honking and riding your ass every day.
I had a couple of not so great jobs out here which made it worse. Then after quitting my second job, I found a good one working as a graphic designer. I worked hard and stayed at this company for about a year and then I started getting this itching feeling again. I always thought I would find a corporate gig, work in a cubicle and that would be that. Now, I'm really rethinking my life. Maybe it doesn't have to be this way...
So now Andrew and I are moving to Maine! We have only been there a couple of times; once visiting Acadia in the Fall and the second time was to go snowboarding in Camden...of course a blizzard would hit us when we were there in the winter. Regardless, I felt at home there. It was a new place for us. It was a place we could start a new life together. I think we need that.
We were lucky enough to work for such great companies that would allow us to work from home to make this happen. Andrew is going to stay full-time, but I will drop down to part time. I really want to be my own boss. I don't have an exact plan yet, but I think the fresh air will inspire me. I am hoping to continue photographing and doing markets to sell my images. I've been thinking about this a lot. It's what I think about when I wake up, all throughout the day, and when I go to sleep. Some people think you need a "real job", but you know what...I'm going to follow my gut on this one and see where it goes. If it doesn't work out, I'll be a lobsterman in Maine ;)
Well what can I say...unfortunately I didn't do so well at this market. Chalk it up for experience I guess you could say.
But I don't want this to be a negative post. I met some great people here who were super friendly. The one thing I love since starting all this is meeting all the other artists/small business owners who do these shows. They are some of the nicest and most genuine people.
Mike, who was one of our neighbors was the best salesman I have ever had the privilege of seeing in action! He sells birdhouses as a part his family business and always had a way of making everyone smile who crossed his path. And Jessica was another neighbor who sold beautifully designed succulent plants. She had so much energy and never stopped moving throughout the whole show. Everyone quickly becomes friends at these shows, it's really an amazing thing to be a part of.
So I am sort of writing this to myself, but I just want to say don't give up! These markets are tough and tiring (both physically and mentally!) But I can't give up. No matter what, I know this is the path I was meant to go down. I know I was meant to be my own boss. Photography has been a part of me since I was little and I've only just started to find my path. There will be good days and there will be bad. I'm already looking forward to my next show at Downtown Bethlehem Fine Arts Show on Mother's Day weekend. I didn't get into this one last year, but was accepted this time around. That has to be a sign! Fingers crossed!
My second gallery is in the books! It has been fun so far, and I have to say I can get use to drinking the wine and looking at art! The Artists of Yardley had a good turnout for their opening reception this past Friday. Everyone seemed nice and I am always amazed by the talented artists out there. I'm hoping to keep pushing myself in the right direction and build a really great portfolio. My problem is I just can't stick to one thing! My mind is always going off track so I'm trying to stay focused and really build up a solid collection. This will be a very busy year for me with some new markets on the way so go check out my Events Page and come out to see me if you can! I'm pretty excited about my new Photography and Encaustic pieces as well and I'm anxious to see the reactions I get.
If you are interested in seeing my Cape May Encaustic on display right now, the gallery will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 - 5PM from April 1 - 23 if you are in the area go check it out! They are located on 949 Mirror Lake Road, Yardley PA 19067.