Right, to start at the beginning……….
When I arrived on my stand, I was firstly struck by how small it was, and secondly by how badly lit it was. I hadn’t ordered lighting for the stand as I had been told that it was light enough up on the gallery where I was situated. Well, that was true, to a degree, and in some places it was light enough, but not where I was! So, off to pay for some lighting and even though it added to the overall costs by a large amount, it was well worth every penny of it! Because my stand “shone” with the lighting on the vibrant fannies! It took me five hours to dress the tiny stand (including hanging around for the electricians to do the lights). But at the end I was happy I had done the best with what I had. Then, back to the hotel for an early night, and then……….
The first day, and I had been told by someone who has exhibited there many times, to watch the body language of the people passing, and I learnt during that day what that meant. Because some people walked past my stand without even a glimmer of interest at it, me, or anything. Of course that may have had something to do with the fact that on the next stand were two gorgeous virtually topless girls (except for their tasselled nipple cups and very little else). But also, I know that not everyone likes art, regardless of the subject matter (and I thought it was reasonably interesting…………………….. ) 🙂
Anyway……. I learnt during that first day to watch the people, and their reactions. Some smiled at the “Fantasy Fannies” title, some smiled at the art. A lot of them loved the bright vivid colours, and a few of them went a REAL WOOOWWWWWW over my paintings, and the concept they convey. One woman got really very emotional over the beauty of them, which deeply touched me. The fannies are everything I love in art – a unique personalised portrait of a part of your body that normally isn’t painted, they are bright and vibrant, they are a private joke, and the most interesting of conversation pieces – how good is that!!!?? and certainly those who understood the concept, loved it!!!!! A success then! Well, yes, it was for the effect the fannies had on the viewing public. But not on the other artwork I’d taken with me. There wasn’t a vast amount of interest in it at all, but that may have been partly due to the smallness of the stand and not being able to display it properly. It was certainly worth taking though, so people could see what I was capable of. One of the highlights of the show was when a complete stranger said to me “You’re a clever girl aren’t you?” and one woman said that my “fannies” were the best thing at Erotica! Wow! Really???
I certainly had a lot of interest in them. Women really related to them, and some men did too. I’m happy to paint “cocks” as well as fannies, but this project is so new, I haven’t had chance yet. I was asked if I’d paint one of the fannies for an erotic museum, and if I’d like to exhibit them at swinging events in clubs in London, New York and San Francisco. I also discussed the possibility of the fannies being in an article for a raunchy women’s magazine, so I think that the promotion of them has started now, and that will open other doors.
And as you would expect, there were some interesting visitors there. Most people were dressed quite ordinarily, and then there were the more, er, interesting ones – the man in the auburn wig and the “fat suit” dressed as an exotic female dancer, complete with sagging pointy boobs in a red pvc peephole bra, and matching thong hanging down at the back, with a wodge of black public hair at the front, was a scream. The girl as the “dog” on all fours being led around on a collar and lead was cute, the various slaves in collars and leads was to be expected, the girls in corsets looked luscious, the men in dresses, the transvestites, and the cross dressers, all added to the fun of the show. And that’s what I love about it so much, the dressing up aspect, and “playtime for adults” aspect of it.
And of course, the friends who visited, some travelling quite some distances to go to the show. It was really really great to see them, and catch up with their news. And best of all, was the bloggers who went – six that I know 0f, and some of them had their fannies on the wall for the world to see. And of those who made themselves known, it was great for me to put faces and names to their fannies.
So, all in all, a good success. I just hope I’ve “sold” the idea enough for others to want to participate.
Oh, and most amusing moments – were …….
When I was asked why I called myself “Fantasy Fannies” – and I replied ” I don’t!!!”
When I asked a woman if she had ever considered having her fanny painted and her reply was “No, I haven’t, I’m not very happy with it at the moment” (that left me non-plussed!)
When I asked two women swingers if they wanted their fannies painting, and one replied “If I ever want it painted I send you a photo of me flange!”
So, picture of an exhibition. A fanny exhbition. Well, that’s different, isn’t it???