Having an Open Studio yearly is a great way to show your work.  Your current collectors and new collectors will have a chance to see first hand where your creations were first conceived, especially if you are a studio painter.  I decided to be part of the Silicon Valley Open Studio this year.  It was quite successful, yet there were a few things that I would change if I participated next year.

1. I prefer to show alone. I find showing with another artist is distracting.

2.  It is very important that you pre-approve your address and correlating map to your studio, prior to it being sent off to the press.  I have had more than one occasion that the map or address was incorrect.

3.  Make sure you send out an email, a newsletter and or a postcard, notifying your customers of the upcoming show.  I prefer to do a newsletter and a postcard.  Note: Make sure that your postcard has an image of your art, something eye catching.  This is where it is necessary that your customer list is ready including addresses for easy preparation. Send your postcards at least 3 weeks in advance.

4.  Alert others about your upcoming Open Studio as you do your outings.  Keep people abreast of your goings on. Keep extra postcards with you to hand out and also bring to any gallery that solicits your work if the gallery is supportive. You cannot sell if you don't have customers. 

5.  Show only your best work.

Customers could select their own frame
Customers could select their own frame

6.  Have a variety of sizes of art for sale.  You will be surprised customers will purchase larger pieces of work.

7.  Give the customer more than one option for payment.  I had Paypal, cash and checks.

8.  Have signs posted locally and on main streets an hour before the show.  They can be kept up if you are having a show for two days in a row.  

9.  It's not about the food.  Make sure you do have food and drinks, but keep it simple.  Take in account that it should be finger food and not messy.  You don't want to see food on your rug or furniture. Also, make sure your drinks are light in color as well.  I served cookies, nuts, pretzels, cheese and crackers.  My drinks were water in small containers, and soft drinks in smaller cans.  I purchased way too much food; people were more interested in the art.

10.  When hanging your art try to have groupings that either goes by color, subject matter or size.  I felt that keeping continuity in my groupings helped the customer locate the art that they were most interested in, with less confusion.

11.  Have someone there to help either by guiding people around the home or helping with transactions or packing.  PS. Make sure you have packing materials available: bubble wrap, scissors, tape, plastic bags etc.   At one point I started to sell quite a few of pieces all at one time and found it would have been very helpful if I had an assistant to help me.  You want to be with your customers not hidden in a room packing.

12.  Give your customers room to breath and time alone.  Know when to be present and when to give them space.  Customers do not like to be hovered over yet at the same time they want you to be available to answer questions.

13.  Make sure that you have everyone sign your guest book with name and contact.

14.  Follow up the show within the next week writing thank you notes for attending, or for orders received.  It's a nice touch and much appreciated.

15.  Write down notes of what worked well and what didn't after the show.  You think you will remember, but you won't.  Having specifics for the next show will be a big help.


These are only a few of my tips, I would love to hear of any suggestions that you have that helped you have a successful show.

**If you are interested in purchasing any of my art or have questions, please contact me at or (408)4607237  Thank you!





Silicon Valley Open Studio

A Moment In Time, 9" x 12" acrylic on Ampersand, Price  $270
A Moment In Time, 9" x 12" acrylic, Price $270

  I will be participating in the Silicon Valley Open Studios this year. This is Silicon Valley's 29th year of participation and my 3rd.  It has been a while since I have participated in open studio, but am really looking forward to seeing you in person. You will be able to see my latest work and be able to enter my studio.  I will be glad to show you how my ideas are inspired, as well as the materials I use.  

Please save the date and come visit me May 16th and or 17th, between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location is 18385 Castle Hill Dr. Morgan Hill, CA. There will be beverages and treats, as well as, a display of my art.  

Bring the coupon below and receive 10% off all of my art for sale displayed.  Coupon only valid for those dates.



Fine Art Coupon


A Dream For the Queen


A Dream For The Queen

What is it about Elephants that I love, that I feel a natural bond to?  Could it be their ability to be socially complex, their well known intelligence, their ability to have deep family ties, their special individual relationships with humans, their strong unique personalities, the impact that the mother has on the family, their affection for their own, in which they take care of their injured families and grieve over their dead. Yes, I believe we can relate to all of these human qualities.

I was first introduced to “Return to the Forest” a documentary filmed by Patricia Sims and "Zo" Michael Clark , depicting the efforts to protect and return the elephant to the wild on the consciously aware blog site LAAH.  The film will premier August 12, 2012, on the first World Elephant Day.

Inspired by this wonderful event and promise of hope for these wonderful Pachyderms, I felt a need to paint “A Dream For The Queen”, which is also featured on LAAH.  This is the 32nd painting of my #paint52 challenge, measures 8” X 8”, Atelier Acrylic on vellum, price $175.00 (SOLD).  All proceeds will be donated to the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, in celebration of “World Elephant Day”, August 12, 2012. 

*All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!


California Dreaming #Twitterartexhibit

California Dreaming
California Dreaming

This panting will be part of the Twitter Art Exhibit, initiated by artist David Sandum on Twitter. All entries must be no bigger than a postcard and will be displayed in the Moss Public Library in Norway. The proceeds will be donated to The Women's Crisis Center in Moss, for abused women and their children. The center also provides a 24 hour phone-service, counseling, food and shelter etc. The exhibit will provide much needed support for this charity and will subsidize lost funding that occurred this year. For more information please check out David's website