I met Barbara McKee at the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists meeting last fall. The notes in my database next to her name say: “delightful!”
So I wasn't too surprised when I read her comment on a post last week. Who but someone “delightful” could come up with the following?
. . . for the last couple of years I've been doing watercolor botanicals (with silly creatures and meanings hidden in the foliage) and I paint in COFFEE SHOPS a lot. People come over and LOVE them, so I get their names and email addresses, with permission to send them stuff.If people can spend four hours with their computers over a cup of coffee, why not we artists? WHAT a good deal this has been, and my cat doesn't paw over my water glass there!
Barbara walks to Vic's Espresso 3-4 times a week for morning coffee. Then she returns 3-4 more times to paint.
Barbara loves getting out of the house and connecting with people. She admits she's naturally shy, so she was a little self-conscious at first.
Painting at coffee shops challenges Barbara to be more out front as an artist.
Sometimes Don, Barbara's husband, accompanies her. He's a sculptor and works on small 3-D pieces while sipping Joe.
It's become such a habit that the first thing Barbara and Don do on vacation is seek out a coffee shop for their art sessions.
Opportunity to Amass Fans
Barbara and Don make art at coffee shops to escape their home studios and connect with the outside world, but Barbara said after hearing me speak last fall that she now sees opportunity in the setting. So, when people engage in conversation, she asks them if they'd like to receive an email with the finished piece and as other paintings are completed.
Next on her list is a blog where she can show off her work.
How about you? Do you ever make art in public (non-art) spaces?