Would I say my Ravenstone exhibition was a success? Yes, I would, Â certainly judging by the comments I received in the visitors book and verbally:
“An exquisite selection”
“Excellent variety which isÂ a pleasant surprise”
“Lovely display – what a talent. Let’s do this again!”
And I certainly would by the responses I got fromÂ it from the visitors who came along – both the friends from near and far who made the effort, and the people who live in the village of Ravenstone in Leicestershire who wandered in.Â The exhibition was a resounding success because of them, and their responses to it. I know I had done the best I possibly could to exhibit a selection of most of the art I do (except the more *naughty* of the erotic art which might have givenÂ old ladies palputationsÂ or overly excited young boys – not that they would have complained although their mothers might!). Having said that, of the three very pleasant and personable youngÂ teenage boys who did come in their thoughts were with the lions more than anything else, interestingly enough. But I certainly restrainedÂ the art to the acceptable side of erotic – a few tango dancers, and back view of semi clad ladies which wouldn’t upset anyone. But, as well as those, there were tigers (natch!), lions, horses, unicorns, mermaids (of course, I adore painting mermaids), mythical landscapes, seascapes, landscapes, local landmarks, flowers (yep, even flowers), and even a still life (a rarity in my world!). Pastels, watercolours, acrylics painted thin, and acrylics painted heavy with texture, pen drawings and line and wash,Â limited edition prints, and ordinary prints both framed and unframed, and cards starting at Â£1. There was something for everyone, from cheap to more expensive. I made sure I covered all tastes, and all mediums, and all subjects.
If I have any regrets, it was just a pity there weren’t more people through the door. That was a disappointment. But, as one woman pointed out, this Diamond Jubilee bank holidayÂ weekend there was so much on, there was too much to do, and next weekend there wouldn’t be anything arranged! and I nodded in agreement, and was fully aware that a lot of people would be glued to the telly watching the Queen’s celebrations, or out with families at street parties, or at the pub, or out elsewhere.
But, those who came to my exhibition might not have been large quantities in number, but they were certainly high in quality.
Â Particulary theÂ one who said the words I had hoped for…….
“Do you teach?”
To which my reply was “Well, I don’t, butÂ I am thinking of startingÂ running a class”. We sat and chatted, and she said that sheÂ and her friendsÂ were looking for a teacherÂ since theÂ last one she went to spent too much time disappearing offÂ to have a fag, kept talking about her family problems, and wasn’t doing any teaching, or was spending too much time with one person in theÂ class, and not spreading her time with all of them. I nodded, and agreed that that was totally the wrong way of doingÂ it. I may not haveÂ run a class before but I’ve been to enough to knowÂ how theyÂ SHOULD be run. And as I pointed out to the woman, I have enough knowledge and experience of paintingÂ every thing in so many different mediums that I can advise about any thing that anyone wants to tackle in art.
So this exhibition has totally fulfilled my expectations inÂ thatÂ its opened some doors for me. Some new doors, some old ones……
Like, the conversation I had with an olderÂ woman whose face I recognised and went up to her and said her name and thenÂ said to her “I don’t know if you remember me, but you bought a painting from me some years ago”. She nodded and said “Yes, I remember” and I said “do you remember which picture it was?” and she smiled and said “Yes, of course!” and I smiled in delight at her and we chatted about it.Â It is called “Burning bright” and wasÂ the first tiger painting I did inÂ a loose and vibrant style andÂ I always love it when I catch up with people who’ve bought my artwork from me, to hear their responses and to tell them my thoughts about that particular work, and to hear about where they have hung it, and the reasons why.
It was great to see my various good friends and hear their thoughts on their favourite piece of my art and why. Â
So, some sales, and I even soldÂ some flower paintings (and me an erotic artist! who rarely paints flowers), but still, a sale is a sale, and I always say I don’t mind what I paint, I just lurvvve painting!
Â So, for those who couldn’t make it, I think you missed a treat. And for those who did make it, thankyou for coming and it was great to see you!
Â And in case you’re wondering, yes there were visitors, these photos of the show, and me, were taken before the doors opened to the hordes!
So, although it was “only” a small village exhibition, I can proudly say that I have run my own solo three exhibition and although its an awful lot of hard work, I’d do it again.Â
Although, the next one is definitely of an erotic nature. And imminent!