Well as far as the exhibition went I could say that it wasn’t much of a success, in that I didn’t sell a painting and overall the whole exhibition didn’t sell alot. But the lack of sales was perhaps to be expected because people are tightening their belts due to the cost of everything going up at the moment. And I know I don’t sell well at exhibition, for some reason (I still haven’t fully worked out why even now, after many years trying!). So, a lot of hard work and time put into something that hasn’t reaped a return…….
Or has it? Yes, I think it has actually. I may not have made any sales, and I might be financially worse off for it, but i think there has been a lot of good to come out of it. I’ve spent the weekend with my artist friends, I’ve seen their artwork, as they have seen mine. I’ve seen some beautiful paintings, and admired them. And I’ve had some nice comments from the people who’ve admired mine. And someone emailed me regarding my paintings -I’m still not sure who she is who emailed me, but she seems to think she knows me, and maybe I’ve met her at an exhibition before, its an enigma at the moment, but she took the time to get in touch with me, which was lovely, and she particularly liked my unicorn paintings, and has told me of some books it reminds her of, which I want to search further into. So, that was beneficial. And I had a long chat with an artist friend this morning, who also exhibited over the weekend, and we dissected the exhibition, as people are wont to do, and in passing she mentioned a guy I don’t know who she said knows my artwork very well, and when she mentioned my name to him, he knew of me. So, again, I’m getting my name known, and that will help in the future. Somehow. And that’s the funny thing about exhibitions, I go and show my artwork and think that if I’ve not made a sale, its been a failure. But it hasn’t. its done a lot of good. Tis all positive stuff.
So, what now? Well, I’ve got the dog commissions to do. I’ve done one, and that’s proved so much of a success that I’ve been given another commission to do. So that’s really exciting. And I much prefer commissions to exhibitions. Because people tell me what they want, and that’s what I paint. With an exhibition, I have to guess what people are going to like, as well as painting something I like too. Its far more hit and miss.
So, back to the dogs……………