How A Blank Canvas Helps My Dream of Painting In Italy

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There is something beautiful about a blank canvas.

It calls to you waiting to be filled with color and inspiration.

Wednesday was spent at the art store gathering supplies for my second semester at Grad School at the San Francisco Academy of Art.

I always feel like a kid in a candy shop when I am in the art store drooling over bright tubes of paint, brushes and canvases. I left a bit poorer but rich in anticipation.

Grad school has challenged me to not be complacent with my art.  I have the privilege to be working among some of the most talented inspiring artists. This experience has taken my understanding of the art world to a whole new level of appreciation.

As for my dream of becoming an international artist, it is simmering away on my back burner.  My 2010 goal of painting in Italy is definitely a step in the right direction.

This last week I went to a winery in Santa Rosa to discuss having a show there.  The Balletto Winery offered to  show my work and host the opening which has been set for April 17th.

To make the Italy dream happen, I needed an additional show and here it is.

Now I have to fill up those bank canvases, promote it like crazy and sell lots of paintings!

I am brainstorming on ways to make this particular show enticing.  In the past, I had live music but the space at this winery does not allow for it and weather in April is too unpredictable to make plans for outside.  Another thought I had is to have a couple of paintings raffled off at the event, or possibly a silent auction.

Do you have any suggestions on creative marketing strategies for an art show to help send an artist to Italy?

On a side note,  I have been painting cows lately.  Here is a small 8″ x 10″quick study.


(Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.  She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.)

  • Apple

    This blog looks great! I love finding motivating blogs to keep my own motivation going! I like how you compare things in the offline world with your dreams posted online. Good luck!

  • H

    I love your cow paintings. Glad to see you are among the living and being challenged creatively.

    Could you have an ART show where a certain amount of the proceeds from paintings go to a charity like a Haiti fund and you can use the rest for travel?

  • Remy G

    Wendy FANTASTIC – congratulations on your upcoming show. I like the Italian themed fundraisers like Lisa suggested. I will give it some thought this week too, and if anything else pops up I’ll shoot ya an email. I am thrilled for you and your one step closer to Italy dream! Keep on Dreaming! I love cows! :) Remy

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Ahhh I love seeing your latest work and have been thinking of you as I hobble around tonight after 6 days of walk/run training for the Bay To Breakers.

    Monday = rest day YEAH. ( see Cath dancing)

    I think of you every time I see an ad for an Art school and wonder how you are doing. You will be done with your first year of grad school, what, about two weeks after Bay to Breakers?

    You’ll have to keep us posted on the Balletto Vineyards showing and maybe we should have our April meeting out there. I need to look at when Lisa is in town and this could be fun before we hike the Bay to breakers lol

  • Wendy

    Thank you Lisa for the great ideas. I will start looking around for some Italy related items. When I said silent auction I was thinking of my artwork but auctioning other items would be fun. I am going to check in with the winery and see how they feel about that.

  • HOORAY WENDY!!!! That’s awesome news!!! Congrats on the show!

    Will brainstorm some fun marketing ideas for you… I think a silent auction is a great idea AND raffling off paintings. If I were you I’d start the marketing IMMEDIATELY with a “Save the Date” to EVERYONE you know :) (you can say “details to follow” or whatever!).

    Might be fun to find some “Italy-related” items for the silent auction and make that a theme… Your opening could be titled “Dreaming of Italy” or something?? i.e. get donations from an Italian import shop, Italian clothing maker, travel agent, that sort of thing and let people know that the event is a fundraiser for your trip to paint in Italy….

    Just some thoughts! Keep up the inspiring work! SO PROUD of you! :)