Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12 Shows in 13 Weeks

On the road to Chicago
©2014 Cat Tesla
Cat in Indianapolis   ©2014 Cat Tesla

"My wish is that we might progressively lose confidence in what we believe and the things we consider stable and secure, in order to remind ourselves of the infinite number of things still waiting to be discovered."  ~Antoni Tapies

I just finished 12 successful shows in 13 weeks - -  and suffice it to say it’s good to be home!

A few shows were local so I wasn’t leaving town every weekend. However, overall, if I’m honest, it was too much for me! I prefer more breaks in between shows not only to have time to work in the studio, but to ground myself, rest, and be at my best.

Over the course of this crazy schedule, I had several insights and tips that I wanted to share with you:

  • Being organized was key! Paperwork and travel arrangements for each show were in folders in chronological order and all inventory in my studio was organized according to size.
  • Shows were coupled in the same geographic location. So for example, I had 2 in Chicago, 2 in Texas, 2 in the northeast, etc. In between shows my husband and I had a chance to explore different parts of the country, go to art museums and galleries, and rest before the next show.
  •  Having surfaces primed and those with underpaintings completed (ahead of time) made it easy to create new inventory as needed (I also had a LOT of paintings ready before this schedule began!).
  •  Yoga, massage, and a visit to the chiropractor along the way helped a lot with being in the van so many hours. :)
  •  Also discovered a product called “Two Old Goats”  - it’s a lotion to relieve pain and arthritis. If your hands hurt after working long hours, this stuff is great! (see
  •  I highly recommend audio books (i.e.  - they make any long drive seem shorter.
  •  There’s a lot of creative time on the road, believe it or not. Your mind can wander, you’re relaxed, and you see a lot of color palette ideas in nature and places you visit. I did a lot of sketching and journaling, both a joy.
  •  We stayed with friends and family in between shows whenever possible; this was an added bonus!

Crossing the Chesapeake Bay   ©2014 Cat Tesla

In hindsight the schedule was challenging and I would do it differently next time around, with more breaks in between shows. However, I’m grateful to have had this opportunity to show and sell my work – many, many paintings were adopted and found new homes in the U.S.A., Canada, and the United Kingdom!
Leaving Florida   ©2014 Cat Tesla