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10% of My Total Art Sales Will Be Donated to Protect Our Winters

For the rest of 2016, I’ll be donating 10% of my total sales from JuliaTaylorFineArt.comWildBlueDream.com, and my Etsy shops, to Protect Our Winters.

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POW’s goal is to mobilize the outdoor sports community to be leaders in positive climate action. They focus on educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism. With the outdoor sports industry’s $646 billion in economic revenue, they have an influential voice that crosses party lines, and the potential to reach 60 million+ outdoor sports enthusiasts globally.

In addition to donating to POW, I took their “POW Seven Pledge” and plan to volunteer with them soon.

Read the full version of this post at my sister site, WildBlueDream.com, to learn more about POW, learn more about what I’m doing, and to leave your comments. Please share this post if you’re so inclined.

Please also check out POW’s website at www.protectourwinters.org

Join Me April 9th: Arts Alive Featured Artist Opening Reception

I’m happy to be named the April Featured Artist at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge!

Come to the opening reception to check out my latest paintings, have a glass of wine and some appetizers with me, and meet some of the other wonderful artists from the gallery!

When: Saturday, April 9th, 4-8 PM

Where: Arts Alive Gallery, 500 S. Main Street, Breckenridge
(next to Park & Main Restaurant in La Cima Mall)

I would love to see you there; it would mean a lot to me. I hope you can make it!

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If you can’t make it to the opening, my show will be on display through the month of April. The Arts Alive Gallery is open Sunday – Thursday, 11-6, and Friday – Saturday, 11-7.

Mark Your Calendars: My First Solo Show is 8/19 in Breckenridge!

solo-sprint-1I’m excited to announce that I will be having my first solo art show in just a couple of short weeks! Cornerstone Real Estate Company in Breckenridge has graciously offered to display my paintings in their beautiful office. We’ll be having an opening reception – and you’re invited!

Nearly 40 of my recent paintings will be on display. And to celebrate the arrival of the USA Pro Challenge, the show will include my full cycling painting collection! One of the paintings featured will be “Solo Sprint”, which was a finalist in the 2015 USA Pro Challenge poster contest.

Refreshments will be served. Please stop by!

What:
“Adventure’s Bliss ~ Paintings by Julia Taylor”
Opening Reception

When:
Wednesday, August 19th
6:00-9:00 PM

Where:
Cornerstone Real Estate Company
111A Lincoln Ave.
Breckenridge, CO
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My work will be on display through the month of September. Thanks to Cornerstone for their generosity in helping me get my work out there! If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Summit County, I highly recommend these guys. I have worked with them on two of my own real estate transactions and I can personally say nothing but positive things about this company. Check out their website at www.skirealestatecolorado.com.

Meet the Artists was a Success!

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Last weekend I participated in Meet the Artists, a small art festival held right here in Breckenridge. A few friends have asked me to share my experience since they enjoy attending art festivals, and wanted to hear how it went.

Although I’ve been an artist all my life, this was my first time exhibiting my work at an art festival. I’ve been wanting to try them, and it made sense to try one close to home (that way if I forgot anything, I could run home real quick!). I figured I would just stick my toe in the festival water by trying something small and relatively “easy”.

A few months ago I read a book called Art Festival Guide: The Artist’s Guide to Selling in Art Festivals. The book is by Maria Arango Diener, a woodcut print artist who has made a career of traveling to festivals all over the West to sell her art. If you have ever thought about doing a festival, I highly recommend this book. Festivals require a LOT of preparation, and this book really helped me get my ducks in a row.

Many people have asked me if the festival provides the tent or the display panels…the answer is no. As an artist, you are responsible for bringing your own tent and panels and setting them up by yourself. Luckily for me, I was able to borrow the tent from the Arts Alive Gallery (where I’m a member) and the panels from the Breckenridge Arts District. This was wonderful for me since these items are a substantial investment, even if you know you want to do festivals regularly.

My booth’s spot was on the corner by the main flow of traffic, so this was excellent for visibility, and it was great people watching for me! I was also lucky to have lots of help setting up. My husband, Brian, and Tom Kramer, the president of the Summit County Arts Council, helped me get my tent set up on Friday afternoon in the hot sun:

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The festival was scheduled to run Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. I intended to wake up at 6:00 on Saturday to ensure adequate time for hanging my artwork, but I was so excited (and nervous!) I woke up at 4:00. I kind of felt like a kid on Christmas! After grabbing some breakfast and tea, I arrived at my booth around 7:15. I had just enough time to set everything up and make a last-minute run to the bank (to which I walked, since I scored a rockstar parking space only 75 yards from my booth).

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Saturday we had beautiful weather. Lots of folks were up from the Front Range for the weekend, or just arriving for the 4th of July week. I got to meet people from all over the country, and I also reconnected with a few old friends. It was fun talking to folks, and I especially enjoyed the occasional canine visitor I got too! It was neat to see the response to my work en masse – people who come into the gallery seem to enjoy my work, but interacting with a lot of people at once was especially cool. Almost everyone who visits or lives in Colorado enjoys biking, skiing, hiking or just taking in the views, so a lot of people seem to connect with my paintings. It’s rewarding to be able to see people have a positive emotional reaction when they view my work!

Sunday was mostly overcast and cooler, which was welcomed by most of the artists after Saturday’s intense sun. It didn’t start to drizzle until mid-afternoon, but that didn’t actually seem to deter traffic too much. However, the drizzle later turned into a downpour and we all had to close our tent walls for a little while:

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(I learned quickly that when I buy my own tent I need to get one that has walls that roll down from the top, not in from the sides – using gravity to help me would’ve been much easier in a rush!)

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I was worried the day would be over with the bad weather, but the rain didn’t last long, and we were able to open up for business again (I even had a few people stick their head in my tent door before I opened up the walls again).

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We had a good hour or so of dry weather, but then the REALLY dark clouds moved in after 4:00.

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Ironically, I had my biggest rush of customers and sales as the dark clouds were threatening us above. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), the lightning, wind, and heavy rain waited until right when it was time to start tearing down at 5:00. Packing up my artwork was my first priority, making sure it stayed dry and undamaged as I transported it to my car. After about 8 trips of running to my car (note to self, need to bring a hand cart next time), I had all of my artwork safely stashed. Tom and some other gallery members completely took care of my panels for me, which I am SO thankful for. I was able to grab all my misc non-art stuff, like my table, cooler, shopping bags, bubble wrap, etc. Then some gallery ladies and I quickly packed up the tent and I threw it in the car with the tent weights. Whew! The whole tear-down process took about an hour, but on my own it probably would’ve taken twice that long. Thanks to everyone who helped me! (I’ll definitely need to employ a friend in the future if I venture outside of the county to do festivals).

So the end of the festival was a bit dramatic. But it was all worth it! I think I got a pretty good taste of what “doing” an art festival is like and I learned a whole lot, including how to deal with a curveball or two. I made some great connections with people, and I had fun! Not to mention I did pretty well on sales, despite the fact other artists said the show was a bit of a dud for them.

I feel a lot more prepared now to do other, possibly bigger art festivals, farther from home. Now that I’ve had a week to decompress and reflect, I think I’ll be applying to a few other festivals in the surrounding mountain towns next year. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on when and where I’ll be appearing as next summer approaches.

If you came to visit my booth at Meet the Artists last weekend, thank you for coming by! It was a great pleasure meeting you and I hope to bump into you again sometime.

I’m a USA Pro Cycling Challenge Poster Contest Finalist!

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I am beyond excited to announce that my painting, “Solo Sprint”, has been chosen as a finalist in the USA Pro Challenge Poster contest!

The USA Pro Challenge is a national-level, highly-publicized professional cycling race that takes riders through some of the most scenic and physically demanding destinations in Colorado. We have been fortunate to have the race come through my hometown of Breckenridge for the past few years. The race draws tens of thousands of fans and is growing in popularity every year.

Even if you are not a cycling fan, seeing the Pro Challenge in person is invigorating. Standing within a half mile or so of the finish line of any of the race stages is like nothing else. As the motorcycles and cars come speeding ahead of the leading racers, the crowds goes wild. People in costumes scream and dance on the sides of the street, loudspeakers blast the race commentary, and everyone rings their cowbells. You can’t help but feel shivers as the noise from the crowd crescendos.

As I started this series of cycling paintings, I wanted to capture the energy I’ve felt as a spectator of these races (and perhaps the energy that the racers feel, too!). The feeling is just electrifying! Rather than depict this literally, I chose to convey this magical energy with vibrant colors and expressive brushwork.

As you can imagine, I’m over the moon excited about being chosen as a finalist! Winning this contest would mean national exposure for my art. If you enjoy my art, please vote for my painting by going to the USA Pro Challenge Facebook page and clicking “Poster Contest”, where you can cast your vote. Thank you very much for your support!

Re-focusing on Painting and a Name Change

In case you haven’t noticed, lately I’ve been focusing just about all of my energy on my paintings. While I enjoy creating my graphic prints, painting is where my passion lies, and it’s where I’ve decided to focus my art business for a while. The graphic prints will still be available here on the website and on Etsy, so you can still purchase them if you like.

After giving it a lot of thought and consulting with some experienced professional artists, I’ve decided to use my own name, “Julia Taylor”, for my branding moving forward. It makes more sense in the fine art world for folks to connect your art with your personal name, rather than a less personal company name. Even though I love what the name “Wild Blue Dream” stands for, I want to be recognized as an individual artist, not a company.

As you can see, I’ve already changed the logo here on the website to reflect this name change. You can still use the web address www.wildbluedream.com to get here, but I’ll probably be adding an additional domain name with my name in it soon. I’ll also be gradually updating my social media profiles to reflect this change.

If you have any questions about this change or my plan moving forward, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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My work is now on display at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge!

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Several of my paintings are now on display and available for purchase at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge!

I am very excited to be a part of this gallery – all of the artists are from Summit County and neighboring counties. It will be great to make connections with other artists in the area and start getting involved with the local arts community, which I have wanted to do for quite some time. And somehow I lucked out and got a super high visibility wall space in the gallery – it’s pretty much the first thing you see as you walk in the door and walk toward the reception desk. Whoo-hoo!

If you’re local or you’re visiting the area, please stop by and see my work and the art of about 35 other local artists. The Arts Alive Gallery is located in the La Cima Mall, 500 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424.

Of course you can still purchase my paintings here on the website as well!

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Artists Helping Artists Podcast Features My Comments!

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I’ve been listening to the Artists Helping Artists Podcast for several months now. The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I completed in September was organized by Leslie Saeta, the host of the AHA. For her October 2nd episode, she asked participants of the Challenge to submit their comments and reflections on how they benefitted from painting daily for 30 days. I sent her my thoughts, and her co-host, Carol, read them on the air!

You can listen to the podcast here (also available on iTunes). My comments are featured toward the end of the episode, at approximately 43:35. Thanks Leslie, for featuring my experiences with the Challenge!

If you are an artist, and especially if you paint, I highly recommend this podcast. Many episodes are filled with insights on how to sell your art both online and offline. Leslie worked in the marketing industry for many years before embarking on her 2nd career as an artist when she was in her 40s. Even though she has no formal training as an artist, she has been very successful in making a living selling her paintings. You can check out her work here. She is an inspiration to me!