• Cara Van Leuven

Artist in the Blind

I have a type. I’ve known I had a type for years.

The men of my past, Tom included, shared the following three characteristics:

  1. Creativity

  2. Entrepreneurship

  3. Rough Hands

It wouldn’t be until very recently that the things I sought in men were really the things I wanted for myself.

Working full time as an artist has certainly had its challenges, yet I’ve never been happier — career-wise and personally. I’m in the infancy of this profession, meaning the trial and error seems infinite. At this point, I’m doing a show every other weekend to see what works and what doesn’t. I’ve left shows that cost me and drained my account. Conversely, I’ve set a financial goal at certain shows and doubled what I thought was too generous to assume.

I've gotten really lucky sometimes. There are quite a few of you who believe in me, which takes a breath-taking minute to comprehend.

Until I have a formula, I am still asking the questions – What regions/shows do people respond well to my work? What do I need to do to get into bigger shows? Are bigger shows the right answer for me? What am I going to do over the winter?

The answer to the previous question was answered last week when Tom and I headed to Florida to scope out places to stay, where my dream shows were and where I could take a pony. From January — March of 2020 I’ll be calling Winter Park home and trying the South for some art shows.

Another question I have: What else can I do other than art shows that celebrates my creativity and makes my art accessible. Enter the CARA VL EQUINE ART garment line.

You, my faithful readers — now it’s my turn to ask you the questions.

What do you think? Do you have any fun ideas? Your favorite painting you’d like to see on, say, a pillowcase? Any suggestions are welcome!

My goal is to introduce three new products a month. New blog, new products. Every.single.month.