I told Little Z that she could have one spot on my wall at the art show. The art show was three days.
The first day, she sold a mounted print of her collage, "Bunnies In Trouble (there's a wolf in the bushes)".
I explained to the people interested in it that the painting Little Z started with was painted by my grandmother, Ruth Porter. And then Little Z changed it in a computer program, adding bunnies swimming across a lake to get away from a wolf. (You have to look very closely to find the wolf, because he is a predator and he is hiding.) The man said he loved it.
"May I meet the artist?" he asked.
"Oh- no, I'm sorry! Her dad just took her home. It's her bedtime. She's six."
We ran into the parking lot to make sure they were really gone, but they were really gone. I wrapped it up for him. He payed me ten dollars for it. Then he went around and told everyone he met,
"I bought a piece from a six year old artist- and I love it!"
The next morning, Little Z didn't seem at all surprised to have sold a piece. It was like she expected it, almost.
So, then we had to find another piece to fill the spot for Saturday. Saturday, we put up this original drawing by Little Z:
I put it in a thrift store frame and marked it $10. Yet again, just after she left, a woman (another artist in the art show) purchased it. She said,
"I really like what she does with color."
One of the other art show kids was still there, and he tried to talk her out of buying it.
"The tummy's too big on that bird!" he said.
"Maybe she's pregnant," she said.
"Birds don't get pregnant! The lay eggs!" he was indignant. She bought it anyway!
I gave Little Z her ten dollars the next morning, and she said,
"I am a professional artist now."
I couldn't argue.
She found yet another piece to put up, a collage.
"This one was more difficult," she said. "I want you to charge $12 for this one."
Yet again, when she wasn't around, someone wanted to buy it... and then changed her mind. Thank goodness! Had she sold three pieces at the art show, she would have been insufferable. As it stands, she just feels lucky. Well, lucky, and like a "professional artist."
She bought a My Little Pony doll with her money.