Well, its here again, one of the local exhibitions I get involved in. That time, when I chose my ten paintings, trying to pick the best ones that I think will sell, that will look good as a collection, that will appeal to the buying public. And I wrap them up carefully, write out the hanging label, take them over to the exhibition hall, and hang them up together, making the best of the space available to me. I write out the hanging cards, and pay my hanging fee……………….. then I wait…… patiently. Like a fisherman on the side of the river. I wait. And hope. And wait, and hope that somewhere, someone, will walk through the door, and will walk around the exhibition, quietly surveying the artwork there, and then they will turn the corner, and see before them *my* artwork and they will go *W….. O……. W!!!!* over what they see before them, and they will stare in wonder at my art, my paintings, and they will feel a surge of some unexpected emotion, and they will instantly fall in love with one of my paintings (or maybe two, or better still ALL of them!) and they will instantly feel that they need to buy the painting they have fallen in love with, as their lives will not be complete if they don’t buy it, so they’ll go and pay a deposit on the painting, and will come back at the end of the exhibition to pay for it and collect it, and they will happily take the painting home and hang it on a wall somewhere where it will give them pleasure to look at for ever more……
That’s what I’m hoping for.
But, will I get it?
I don’t know.
Maybe I will.
………And that’s what keeps me ever hopeful……..
And also I have to bear in mind, that there’s talk of a recession. And that petrol and food has shot up in price. And that if people are struggling to buy normal every day living things, they’re not going to be buying artwork. Are they? Ah. yes, its not a necessity, is it? And that’s why the artwork I’ve chosen for this exhibition has some magic in it. I’ve chosen pictures of mine that depict fairies, mermaids, unicorns and dancers. Cos we all need some magic in our lives, especially if money is tight. We need to hang a picture on the wall that will fire us up with hope, and magic, and something that feeds the spirit and soul. We all need that, don’t we?