While browsing the Michiana Dressage Club’s website, I came upon a little blurb for the Kalamazoo 4-H Club Tack Sale. Unfortunately, I came upon it a little too late to reserve a space for this year. But I went there today to check out the general scene, and it was a happy zoo. It was held at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, and the parking lots around the exhibition halls were filled. Hundreds of people inside looking at every variety of horse-related items from saddles to jewelry to horse-themed potholders. There was even another portrait artist there! So I am on the list to receive early notice next year to reserve my space. The price is definitely right, too. Lots of people for little money!
Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
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