Archive for January, 2010

Attracting People with Watercolour Magic

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Tomorrow night I am a guest artist at the Sun Peaks Winter Wine Festival during their progressive wine tasting event. I had no idea until the other day that they were going to be selling 600 tickets for this event! I also found out that I wasn’t going to be giving an introduced presentation like I did this summer at the Wine and Culture Festival where I had everyone’s undivided attention for 5 minutes. This time everyone will be meandering to and fro at their own pace between wine venues. It is going to be up to me to attract people over to my table.

Oh my gosh! At first this made me very nervous. I had visions of me calling people over to my table to see what I am doing. Nervewracking!

Then I had an idea… what if I could ATTRACT them to my table without having to say anything. What if I could peak their interest and make them just curious enough that they might come over to my table on their own accord?

Brilliant! … but how to do this? I decided to make a big poster with a schedule of demos on it so people would know when I am doing what. But is this enough to attract them to my table? Not everyone is interested in learning how to paint. Maybe if I demonstrate the watercolour secret tricks of using household items to paint landscapes it will intrigue people. Maybe I’ll even attract a few who don’t have any interest in learning how to paint, but simply want to know how the heck I am going to paint a birch tree with a fork!

This is what I have so far:

Unveiling the Magic of Watercolour5 minute demos showing how to:

6:15 Make a Birch Tree with a Fork!

6:45 Turn Salt into Snowflakes!

7:15 Paint under water with cellophane!

7:45 Use a candle to make a moonlit reflection!

8:15 Turn a carrot into a person!

8:30 Win a Prize! Enter the FREE DRAW before 8:30! Lots of prizes to be won! Grand prize is a limited edition print of Sun Peaks village valued at $270.

I am still nervous, but now in a good way. Even if no one comes over to my table, at least I have a plan. I won’t be painting aimlessly for 3 hours! And if people aren’t interested in my demos, maybe they’ll be interested in my free draw! Everyone likes to win a prize!

So there you have it, this is how I am going to attract people using the magic of watercolour. I’ll let you know if it works. Now only if I knew how to attract people to my art show on Saturday…

To read my follow up blog post about this event, go to “Unveiling the Magic of Watercolour”

Art Show at Sun Peaks Winter Wine Festival

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

On Friday I’m heading to the Sun Peaks Winter Wine Festival to present at the Progressive Wine Tasting event. Then on Saturday I’m having my ninth annual art show! This year it is in the lower lobby of the Delta Hotel.

Sun Peaks Art Show
Saturday, January 23, 10am-2pm
Lower Lobby of the Delta Hotel

I’ll be displaying originals, reproductions, art cards, magnets and bookmarks. Find me in the lower lobby of the Delta Hotel along with artists Ken Farrar and Sol Metal Designs. This art show is presented by the art gallery Tree Line Studios.

Sun Peaks Ski Resort is located north of Kamloops, BC. You can read more about my art show on my website at

Hope to see you there!

Kendra Smith
Art for your lifestyle