After visiting the Welland Steam Rally last year I decided that I’d generated enough pictures to try my luck in the Craft Fair at this year’s show. I had about a dozen Photo Digital Art pictures of different Traction Engines, plus some of the traditional fair, commercial vehicles and vintage cars. I also produced some 50th Anniversary Commemorative Key Rings, Fridge Magnets and Coasters to supplement the mounted pictures and canvas prints.
The weather for the weekend was dry and sunny, although maybe a bit too hot and sticky in the Craft Marquee at times. (Much better than rain!) So, it was busy and trade was good and I’ll be returning next year (all being well!) with new pictures and armed with the experience of this year’s event.
What was interesting, and most gratifying, was that I sold quite a few pictures to owners/friends of owners of some of the machines. First up, on the opening day, a young chap picks out this picture saying he knows the owners and buys it as a present for them.
Then, on the final day, a woman and her friends/family come to the stall. One of them picks out the picture and the woman says “We don’t need that, we’ve already got one!” She was the owner and had come to say hello and see what else I had. Fortunately she liked the picture!
I sold three copies of this next picture and several coasters with the Steam Roller on them, all to people who know the owner – I just hope he doesn’t get three presents all the same!
One of the first Traction Engines that I produced a picture of was “Dorothy” and I also had a canvas print with me on display.
Several people on the first day told me that they knew the owner and that “Dorothy” is currently in pieces being restored again. Then on the last day the owner came up to the stand, bought a picture and told me that, currently, “Dorothy” is scattered around the country with bits in various places being repaired/refurbished.
Finally, just as I was chatting to some friends who were visiting the show, a woman who owns the helter skelter in the fair came up and admired the canvas print I had on display.
She really liked the picture and would have bought the canvas, but the ‘gallopers’ in the right foreground are owned by someone else! She has her own merry-go-round and asked whether I’d be able to generate a canvas based on one of her photos. The answer was “Yes!”, shouldn’t be a problem as long as the file is large enough.
Well, that’s a potted view of my weekend at the Welland Steam Rally. I did manage to take a lot more photos of the traction engines once trading was over, so I should have lots more pictures for next year…and hopefully the commissions that I discussed with several people will come to fruition.