I take photos of most of my paintings and projects to keep on file for future reference. Because some arts and crafts shows require photos of paintings to be sent as examples, I found a way to profit from my habit. On an 8? x 11-sheet of paper, I make a collage of several photos and type my name and address at the top. I then make several photocopies. I usually send three photocopies, each one featuring a different subject or style. I also add a cover page with any additional information that may be required and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the collage sheets.
Although the items in the photos are not always what I have to sell, collage sheets give the craft show organizers a good idea of the kind of artwork I have to offer. So far, I haven’t been denied a space at a show.
Crystal Moll studied at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, but her adopted home of Baltimore has become her primary painting subject, and the eastern shore of Maryland is another favorite. She has received a number of public and private commissions, and her paintings have been exhibited widely throughout the mid-Atlantic region and featured in The Encyclopedia of Living Artists. To learn more about Crystal’s art, visit her Web site at www.crystalmoll.com.