Weekend in a white tent

I spent the weekend perched on a director’s chair in my vendor booth in Barrington, Illinois. This is renowned horse country, but I was not selling horse paintings. Rather, I was basking in the soft light of Sky Pads. Most of the time. When it wasn’t raining. Here’s a little corner of my booth.

My Trimline booth has a skylight feature that makes it perfect for art even on an overcast day.

It was alternately rainy, windy, and delightfully sunny. You can see my tablecloth trying to lift off in the photo. Both days it rained from about 10 till noon, then was patchy sun the rest of the time. During the rainy periods there were a few brave souls out with umbrellas and raincoats, but as soon as the sun appeared it seemed like everyone had been hiding in the stores that lined the street where the art booths were. All of a sudden the streets were swarming with people.

Looking north.

Looking south. It was really a lot more jammed than this, but I didn’t feel like climbing up on my chair to get a more overhead view.

Surprise! I won something!

Award for overall achievement in oil painting

The award came with more than just a ribbon–a free booth at an upcoming show thankfully a lot closer to home than Barrington. That’s $350 worth of booth space! I’ll take it!

I had many, many conversations with festival-goers. Mainly I wanted to know what attracted them to my booth; that way I could find out if what I was trying to convey in my paintings was having the intended effect. The first comment from a visitor was almost always “the colors”, emphasized with a definitive nod of the head. The second most popular comment was a feeling of peace, relaxation, calmness. Several people also noted a bit more complex observation which surprised me with the consistency among commenters–they noticed the white misty quality of some of the paintings and felt that it helped separate them from the intensity of the painting, or kept the strong colors from hitting them in the face, or a combination of these two elements created a transparent depth that made their eyes explore the entire painting. Wow!

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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15 Responses to Weekend in a white tent

  1. anne leueen says:

    Congrats on winning a free spot at another show. And the comments on your work are very interesting!

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  2. chris ludke says:

    Your paintings look great in your booth! Nice that the commenters could notice the subtleties in the paintings. Congrats on the prize too!

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  3. Emma Cownie says:

    Gosh, those paintings of yours really are stunning, Alli!

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  4. TOM ROSE says:

    Great decorator paintings for living rooms or relaxing in a doctor’s office prior to appointment!


  5. Nancy A Powers says:

    So nice to see some of the Sky Pads together. I think my favorite is that “purple” one. Congrats on your accolade, Alli, and free booth….maybe it will be in Boise….lol! 😉

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Well, since all but one in the booth photo are a bit “purple” I’m going to have to conclude that your favorite is all of them except the lower left corner LOL! And yes, they do all reinforce one another when they’re displayed together. Which is why everyone should buy at least two, right??


  6. aha! I’ve pondered several times that you must have taken a timeout – but now i see that somehow i’d ‘unfollowed’ you. it wasn’t intentional – probably just an easy ‘slip’ of the hand at the bottom right corner of the screen….

    This looks like a lovely post, which is loaded and I will read when home tonight… Logging off til next week,

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  7. rangewriter says:

    Well you should just be soaring! An award, a free booth, and all those really cool, honest comments. It is brilliant of you to ask visitors what attracted them to stop. I don’t believe I’ve ever been asked that question at an art fair. Your booth does look peaceful and inviting.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      I went to a seminar on selling art at art fairs, and this was one of the things they suggested to establish a relationship with a potential buyer. So it accomplishes two things: 1) you get a conversation started and the other person gets to know you as a person not just a vendor, plus they get more interested in your art by talking about it, and 2) you get good feedback as to whether your intentions and purpose are actually having an effect on your audience, which you can use as future reference for more paintings. Good idea!


  8. Congratulations with the award. And you booth looks really good. I hope you will sell more in the future. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. jofox2108 says:

    Colours and calmness – I have similar feelings when I see your work. They are beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

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