Todays the day. One that I’ve been working towards for the last three weeks. I’ve painted and drawn, sandied, and cleaned, named, sealed, labelled and wrapped, not one, not two, no, twenty seven pictures in the last three weeks. And today is the day they go out, off into the world to be shown off in their best light to be offered as hopes to others. I think they’re a good selection of what I do, I think the prices are fair and very reasonable for the work that has gone into them. I think they are in lovely frames that compliment them. I think that they would happily grace anyones home. I have done my best. So off they go…….
…..the first twelve paintings are going to the Ashby Arts Festival at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire to hang in their open exhibition at the Royal Hotel in the centre of the town. Its not a venue I’ve ever been in but I’ve passed it hundreds of times and it looks a very select location. The arts festival has been running for six or seven years now and gets thousands of visitors as they put on a good display for the town having music and performing arts, over a two week period. My 8 x 4 feet painting of the dragon flying over the fairy castle with the enormous moon behind “Hunters moon” is part of the “Myths and legends” theme this year and is in an excellent postion over New Look on Market Street in the town. I’m delighted to be part of the exhibtion, as the logistics of being part of it have been difficult for me, since I am also exhibiting with Ashby Guild of Artists over at Ticknall in Derbyshire at the same time……
….. where I shall be taking another fifteen paintings to exhibit there. We have our main exhibition there every year and its a delightful setting, a light and airy hall that is well known for its art exhibtions for various groups through the year. A lot of walkers park there on their way to Calke Abbey, a National Trust property that welcomes many visitors over the bank holiday weekend. We offer delicious cake and tea and coffee for anyone visiting our exhibtion and people happily come along and view the excellent diverse artwork for sale there. Not all of my fifteen paintings are in frames, only ten of them, the other five are for the browser which cuts down on prices and means that people can buy paintings and frame them to their own specifications.
So thats why I’ve had so much on these last three weeks. But today it all comes together. And the joy of an exhibtion is that you never know which, if any, of the paintings will sell. But I know I’ve put together two good collections of artwork for both exhibitions…….. and whilst we’re on the myths and legends theme, both these mermaid paintings will be exhibited at the exhibtions, one in Ashby, and one in Ticknall.