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March 7, 2013


For over a year, we have carried this entire art festival booth in the basement compartments of the motorhome.  During 2012, we did three shows:  Bedford, PA in July, Mt. Vernon, OH in August, and Houston, TX in October.  In December, Nell began her battle with a pinched nerve.  Carrying all this gear and risking physical damage just doesn’t make sense anymore, especially for only 3 shows a year.  So, we’ve sold the ProPanels, the gray panels that we display the artwork on.  We’ve kept all the other equipment for now, in hopes that we can find a less physically demanding display format, but the panels represented a lot of space and weight.  You can read more about all this on the art blog at

Meanwhile, after shipping the panels today to a buyer in Montana, we now have considerable empty space down below.  Here in Rockport, Texas, we are experiencing mostly sunny days with temperatures in the mid 60s to mid 70s, so I’ll get out over the next few days and rearrange some things.  And, since we plan to focus more on selling the artwork online, we have other materials and gear that we will unload over time.

A little less weight might even help when we head north and find ourselves climbing uphill again.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Rita permalink
    March 9, 2013 5:58 pm

    Ralph, just saw this posting on and thought you might be interested:

    One of the nation’s oldest, largest and most respected art festivals will be held in Sausalito, California on Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 2.

    Enjoy. Rita in Idaho

    • March 10, 2013 1:27 pm

      Thanks, Rita.

      The large shows like the one in Sausalito have always been a bit too expensive for us to do, but I’d sure like to see that one some day.

  2. March 10, 2013 2:54 am

    I was wondering how the canopy and art shows was working out for you. I off loaded my canopy to someone that wanted it for their back yard. Hated to see it go, but don’t think I would use it much anyway. I’ve heard that Etsy is good for crafts, but not so much for paintings. What has been your experience?

    • March 10, 2013 1:30 pm

      I’ve sold several pieces on Etsy, but haven’t really worked hard at it. I’m trying to motivate myself to put a little more energy into it. We kept the Lightdome canopy just in case we want to use it during a long stay somewhere. It’s a bit too windy here in Rockport, in fact, we haven’t even had the RV awning out that much lately.

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