Going it solo

I suppose it’s quite daunting, to put on an exhibition at a venue that you’re not known at. And even more so when so much has to be done by one person.

And that person is me!


Buuuuuuut, it’s stuff I’ve done most of before (albeit with others). And I know the procedure, and I’ve had enough time to plan it. And I’ve had enough experience over the years to know what to do……..

Point one – paint some pictures – yep, tick, done that! :)   (good start!)

Point two – find somewhere to hang them – yep, tick, got that!

Point three – tell people about it – yeh, did that yesterday via email, and I know at least FOUR people will be coming by the responses I’ve had already, so that’s a positive beginning!  And I was invited to do the exhibition by the Trustees of the Village Institute as part of the celebrations the village are holding over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, so they’ve got faith in me to put on a good show which is very uplifting to know. So to that end, I’ve trudged around the village putting up signs so that should give enough notice to the villagers so hopefully they will stick their noses through the door too. I really hope there’s more than four people turn up.

Point four – er, well, that’s to do all the accompanying paperwork that’s needed with it which involves being very methodical (which is something I excel at, fortunately, for a creative person!), design and order a banner (far far trickier than I had expected!)  and design and print some flyers, to make a list of paintings, to make the title cards with the prices on them, to do a writeup about myself where I sound vaguely interesting (!), to include some testimonials so that people who’ve never heard of me know that other people who have heard of me really rate me and more to the point my art, to make a list of what prints I’m going to sell, to write up about commissions I can do for buyers and the prices for them, make sure I take enough business cards of course, and a visitors book for people to make comments…….. ohhhhhhh and to make sure I know where to get the key from on the setting up day of course, that’ll help! Alot!!! (…..and that was why the exhibition had to be held on the pavement outside the building in the pouring rain…… – no, we don’t want that one happening)

It might be a bit daunting, but its certainly very exciting toooooooo ! Oh Yes!

 So, I don’t know if you’re able to come along, but it’d be great to see you there – its on over the Queens Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday (3rd to 5th June) at Ravenstone Village Institute, Leicester Road, Ravenstone, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 2AQ – situated in the centre of the village by the traffic lights, with ample parking. I hope you’re able to come along to it. I will be showing a selection of originals and prints, and have some exciting work for everybody and all pockets!

The show opening times are:

Sunday 3rd June     1pm – 5pm

Monday 4th June   10am – 5pm

Tuesday 5th June   10am -1pm

 There will be refreshments available so come along, have a cup of tea and a browse. It’s free admission. So, hope to see you there, and come and say hi.

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

Comments (6)

  1. Hardin Reddy
    May 11, 2012

    Good luck with this . . . I know it’s a lot of work to set up, but hopefully you’ll be rewarded by lots of visitors, and at least a few sales. And sunshine.

  2. May 11, 2012

    Hardin – Thankyou! It IS a lot of work to set up but at least its a new area for me to exhibit in and hopefully to make some new friends, and buyers! Sunshine would be good, as well, although it traditionally rains any time the English want to celebrate anything, so we’re used to it!

  3. Stuart haywood
    May 15, 2012

    Rhona and I are looking forward to seeing you at Ravenstone .Best of good fortune with the
    exhibition and we hope that you attract many visitors.I will be garbed in my new sandals as
    I am running them in prior to my nude appearance at the “naked gardeners”garden.I have
    decided that gardening boots do not look good on a naked pensioner.However,should I
    wear ankle socks or woolly hiking socks in conjunction with my sandals?


    • May 15, 2012

      Stuart – Thankyou, and I’m looking forward to seeing you both there too!

      Neither, EVER!!!! At all. At any time. In any circumstances. 🙂

  4. Jun 20, 2012

    Articles like these put the consumer in the driver seat-very important.

  5. Jun 21, 2012

    Evaline – thankyou!

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