Although I’ve been writing blog posts for a couple weeks, today is the official launch of ayellowwood.com!

You are all invited to come see me at Artists Row tomorrow (tomorrow!!) at the Rochester Public Market.

The last few weeks have been packed with preparations, but as of tonight the paintings are framed, the prints are matted and bagged, the website is done (thank you, Ken) and the car is packed. What more could a girl ask for? There have been a couple bumps along the way (the prints that came back with a big white stripe down the middle, the cat chewing the corners of three packages of notecards…) but in the end (well, not quite the end) it has come together really well. It has been a monumental experiment, and when it’s over I hope to offer my experiences and musings to the web community at large.

Although this is a little redundant of earlier posts, here is what I’ve got so far:

  1. Find a festival and apply for it. If it has an inexpensive registration fee, that is a plus.
  2. If you have not already, apply with your state’s department of taxation to collect sales tax on what you will hopefully sell. You may be temped to skip this (because, really, what are the chances of you getting caught?), but it’s free, it takes about five minutes to fill out the online form, and in the end, you will feel secure in the knowledge that there is a 0% chance of you being accused of tax fraud.
  3. Figure out what you are bringing. Have prints made. Make sure they came out okay. Frame and matte stuff. If you spouse cuts your mattes, that is a major plus.
  4. Figure out how you are going to display things. Borrow tables. Buy racks at garage sales.
  5. Tally up your expenses. If your jaw is hanging open, shut it. Figure out what you have to charge to recoup expenses.

That’s it for now. Wish me luck!!