The fall issue of Wet Paint Magazine is now live! We have just ordered our own copies for the shop, so won’t have them ready to ship for another week or so. However, if you live outside the US or you just don’t want to wait for us to get them, you can order now through our printer, Blurb.
My how quickly and drastically life can change on a dime! This time last year I was writing an article about my busiest summer ever, my first year launching the “Glitter Glamper” at the MN state fair! And now, here I sit in the middle of summer without a gig on the calendar.
Strange times. Trying times. Unprecedented times. Uncertain times. Whatever you call these “times,” they have certainly been particularly challenging for those of us whose livelihoods depend on events with large gatherings of many people!
At the moment it seems as though many artists, unless they have the luxury of being able to financially “wait it out” or have taken on another job, are either attempting to get back to work in some capacity, or they are focusing on pivoting their business in a new direction. Both are difficult decisions that require a lot of hard work, and what’s the right choice for one artist isn’t necessarily right for another. We are all in different places right now, and that is why I feel that now is a great time for artists to share their varying perspectives and plans, and for everyone to open their minds and take in whatever experiences and advice are useful to them. For this reason, in the fall issue we have interviewed a variety of artists going back to work (page 6), and also those who are exploring other avenues for the time being (page 22).
I have also had the pleasure of interviewing Monique and Annabel, the creators of the wonderful new, online face painting platform called “Smile Creators!” (page 32) The fabulous Elodie Ternois has not only done us the honor of answering our “Pro Artist Q&A” questions for this issue (page 38), but has also sent us a gorgeous unicorn step-by-step (page 45)! Check out page 37 for some fun Halloween glam inspiration by Marianne Janssen, a couple Minion step-by-steps on pages 28 and 30 by yours truly, and our face, body and belly art galleries!
Whatever place you and your business is in right now, I hope that this magazine finds you healthy, hopeful, and finding creative ways to utilize your talents when our world needs them the most. Hang in there, painty friends, and keep creating!