...is of course to keep posting, which is something I have singularly failed to do. It isn't just on my main blog. My accounts here and on Flickr are also languishing from lack of attention. I haven't been idle though. I have been working on a much longer piece than I normally post, and also working at getting out and about selling my pictures. I have something like 30 art or craft fairs booked between now and the end of the year and I am also promoting my work much more actively.

The fairs are useful on two counts - they give me a place to sell, but they also lead to increased exposure. Even so it is hard work. Most people going to craft fairs expect to find jewellery perhaps, textiles and knitted products, perhaps wood. They don't I think expect to find art or photography. Consequently you need a high footfall to stand a chance of making significant sales.

I really would like to see more such fairs with the primary focus on art. The downside is that you don't get the people who would never go to a gallery and are just looking for a pretty picture to hang on their wall. I'm not proud - if that is what you want I will sell it!

Anyway - here are the next few fairs I will be attending. If you are in the area, please pop in and say hello - discount for anyone producing a print out of this article.

Monday May 26th - Cleeve House, Seend near Devizes, Wiltshire (also Jewellery) - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Saturday Jun 7th - Southampton Bargate Art Market - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Sunday Jun 15th - Lacock, Wiltshire - Village Hall - 11.00 am onwards

Sunday Jun 22nd - Alton, Hampshire - Art Market – High Street - 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

Saturday Jun 28th - Tetbury, Gloucestershire - Market Hall - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Saturday Jul 5th - Bath - Craft in the Crypt - St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Sunday Jul 20th - Lacock, Wiltshire - Village Hall - 11.00 am onwards

Sunday Jul 27th- Alton, Hampshire - Art Market – High Street - 9.00 am to 2.00 pm