I’m gearing up now for the busiest couple of months I’ve ever had, and keeping everything crossed that the torrential rain stops soon.
I’ve booked a trade stand space at the Cheshire Show, Tabley Showground (19th & 20th June), but am getting a bit nervous that if this wet weather carries on, it will be cancelled. So many shows have been lost to the rain-sodden Spring this year that it would be no surprise, but could be disastrous for me.
I prefer to attend shows like this rather than spend a small fortune on magazine advertising, as I feel it’s a better allocation of my budget – people often prefer to talk to me face-to-face, and can have a look at all my work, rather than me trying to engage them via a faceless advert. I usually take my easel and do a portrait while I’m sitting on the stand – it’s amazing how much more willing people are to come up and talk to you, and ask questions.
Then I have a small fete to attend the following Saturday, and The Big One in July: the RHS Show at Tatton Park (19-22nd July), exhibiting in the Country Living magazine marquee. All potentially subject to the vagaries of the British weather.
So I could get to Autumn and have done no promotion whatsoever! Obviously this is the worse-case scenario, and I’m trying not to think like that at this point. But with the rain lashing the window this afternoon while I struggle to organise leaflets, price lists, portfolios, prints, and display stands for Cheshire Show, I’m desperately hoping it isn’t all going to be a monumental waste of time and money.