Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Graffiti

As a special post exhibition treat, one of my friends invited me to join a graffiti workshop class she was attending with the Maidenhead Ladies Circle. I can't resist trying out a new artistic method so I eagerly agreed. I have no experience of spray painting at all and was interested to see what the 'class' involved. It was a bit of a cheat experience really as they provided us with about a thousand stencils to help make our 'works of art' but that was fine by me. We still had to chose the pieces, compose, pick colours and spray intensely or otherwise, so there was still a lot of creativity involved. I actually loved it. Loved picking the colours, loved picking different stencils and effects and the fact that the spray colours go over everything, white over colour, anything over black. It didn't matter.

I think I might be addicted.

I can't help thinking about creating a piece using spray paint as the background and the trees, plants etc and acrylics as the building, or foreground. Metallic leaf thrown in as well, maybe on one of my massive canvasses. I can already feel the urge to buy some spray paints, a face mask and a boiler suit and clearing the garage in anticipation. Then I can take this first try out to a new dimension.


I definitely think this is going to happen. But first, a holiday (another one).

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Exhibition

So, as promised, here are a couple of photos from my exhibition. The space is rather difficult to photograph, and was in fact, slightly difficult to hang. Thank goodness I had vaguely planned out my painting sizes and positions, as in the end, it meant I could display 18 paintings, which amounts to a pretty big show!


I am still at amazed at how well the paintings worked against this somewhat intimidating orange wall.


As you can see, not a conventional space.... it is also surprisingly difficult to stand out against brick walls....

Regardless of the success of the exhibition, so far one painting has sold and 2 are partially under offer, it has been interesting to see them all together and witness how they transformed the space. They definitely add a buzz and a vibrancy to the cafe that was previously lacking with their blank walls. I have also been assured that the footfall at the Quay Arts Centre, is pretty big, so even if the paintings aren't re-homed they will be seen. It is after-all, difficult to ignore them!

They are also up during the Easter Holidays and whilst Richard Long - a Turner Prize winner has an exhibition on upstairs. I don't really think that could have been timed much better!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Islanders

My exhibition is opening today which seems both surreal and exciting! I am glad everything is done and looking good, better than expected in fact. Now all that needs to happen is for you to go and see it!

It starts today and runs for just under two months, ending on June the 5th. It is being housed in the Quay Arts Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight in the Gallery's rather lovely cafe - the perfect excuse to admire some art with a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

You can check out more details on my facebook page or on Eventbrite.

I really hope you can make it! I will also be sharing some photos of the display on here. But first, a holiday!



(Also a big shout out to my Mum and Dad for helping me set up and coming to collect my paintings from Maidenhead, and to Amy Mackelden for giving me a big kick up the backside to actually have a show).

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Isle of Wight

I have been a bit absent recently, but with good cause as I have been painting some location specific works for my exhibition on the Isle of Wight. After my prints debacle, I gave up on the idea of buying in some stock and I am settling for showing originals at my upcoming exhibition only. I don't think this will be a problem - I am leaving behind lots of postcards and business cards, so hopefully people will contact me if they want a print, and then I can bypass the gallery commission fees and not have to fork out so much money upfront on the off chance that someone will buy something. As this is my first exhibition it doesn't really matter how successful it is. It has cost me no money to set up so I can't really lose. It would be good if I can manage to sell something though, and I am interested to see the kind of reception I receive! It is going to be an informative couple of months!  

I am currently in the process of having a late art night - I can't remember the last time I managed to have one - it has been rather an urgent state of affairs though as I realised my mobile website was rather out of date and not working properly. This is obviously totally unacceptable with a gallery showing coming up and lots of potential new customers and website hits. Ideally I wanted to have my new website up and running by now, but with the exhibition opening this coming Saturday there is no chance of this happening. I can at least stay up and make my mobile site work properly, if not look very attractive. So that is what I have done. Last thing left to do is to sign all the works that are being transported to the Island tomorrow and stick their respective authentication stickers on the back of each work. I also need to wrap up one work that has already been sold, before it has even been displayed (!!) as I shared it on Facebook.

All seems like good things are happening, even if they are happening a bit quickly and I feel a little unprepared!

I managed to finish off the last painting I needed to do yesterday, and it seems like a good one to finish of the set as it came out quite well. Say hello to Osborne House....


My exhibition is also on at the same time as Richard Long's - a Turner Prize winner (!!!) Seems like rather good company to have!


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Prince of Prints

I feel a bit like I have wasted my life this afternoon. I have been doing some research into prints that I can sell at my upcoming exhibition. The trouble is I don't really know what I am doing. After a lot of searching, I found various companies that will print and mount your work, and deliver the product in a cellophane bag which is exactly what I need. They all seem to be exorbitantly expensive though. Ok, not that expensive, but once I add on a cut for me, it seems like they would be rather expensive for my potential customers. So I need to rethink.

*rethinking*

I have possibly come up with a much more affordable solution - I have in fact, just ordered a sample to see if it will be suitable. The more suitable version comes via toadprint which offers you the opportunity to not only print your work but to custom make a mount too, whilst buying a sized backing board and a cellophane bag at the same time. There are also quite respectable discounts if you bulk buy. I have high hopes that this will solve my dilemma and prove to be a place for me to order all my mounted art prints in the future. Let's hope so.

So  it sounds like I have been very productive!? Kind of, but it took me hours to work out the sized prints and mounts I needed to fit UK available standard frames, and I have nothing to show for it. I am also impatient, so I want to have already ordered everything, chosen the paintings for display, put it all together and sat back and admired my work. As I still need to paint a couple of pieces to show, this is most definitely an unrealistic expectation for my afternoon. I should just be pleased with the amount of decisions I have just made instead.  Unfortunately I feel more like I have just filled my head with lots of 'to do' and 'to order' things instead.

Let's hope zumba clears my head.




Thursday, 16 February 2017

I need some cake.

I need to do a blog post about Paul Nash as I went to see his exhibition at Tate Britain a week or so ago. I did think I could do it now, but I literally just felt my brain leave the building and now I am good for nothing except getting easily distracted.

OooooOooooh butterfly......!

On the plus side, this evening I am going to do a bit more work to my photography website. I have somehow managed to get myself roped into having an exhibition on the Isle of Wight at the beginning of April (!!) so it seems like it would be sensible to get everything up together for then. I am not sure whether this is actually possible but I will try!

Whilst I was being distracted I also looked at the stats for this blog. Apparently I have had 23,947 page views. That seems like rather a lot!

Distracting.

So before April the 8th I would like to have my photography website complete, my art website update complete and Twitter and Instagram up and running. I basically have 50 days in which to do that. That doesn't sound like very many!

But it might be enough.

I need to get some milk.

My foot is also swollen as I zumba'd too hard yesterday.

What am I meant to be doing?

Oh yes, 50 days. Hmmm

I need some cake.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tree

I am having a sense of humour failure today. Maybe I need some more cocktails? I am sure that would cure/create/do something......

On the plus side, I have answered all my dA correspondence, for boosting purposes, let's call it fan mail and I have entered the RA's Summer Exhibition. I have gone for a different tactic this time, entering something less literal, older and not for sale. I wanted to offer prints, but I couldn't seem to fathom how they worked that out on the entry form. Possibly an epic fail, but then entering competitions is usually a bit like that anyway, so no loss really.

The 'lucky' painting trying it's best for me this time is 'Tree' - a weeny picture by my standards and painted one tormented afternoon in 2011.


If they are looking for something a bit different, it might do the trick? Who knows....

It started life as a painting of something else, got painted over a few thousand times, smudged, rubbed out, covered up, scratched and then ended up like this. I am sure all of that should mean something....