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The Goldilocks of Galleries

The Goldilocks of Galleries

There are good and bad galleries. I’ve exhibited at some of the bad ones. They take the pictures, and the paintings sit there, and sit there, collecting dust, with few people walking through the door of the gallery due to little footfall, or apathy from the gallery owner. I hate it when you walk through the door of a gallery and you’re ignored by the person behind the counter. I want to have a smiling welcome, and feel that the sales assistant cares about the art, and about selling it.

There are good galleries too, and I’ve walked through the door of some of them, where there is a greeting, a smile, and a question as to what picture or artist you’re interested in. 

I also know that there is a snobbery, or a tight judgement of some of the galleries taking the artwork to sell.  Of course they want artists of a similar calibre of the other artists they already have. I fully understand that. As an artist you can’t be sensitive about criticism of your talent, or your paintings. I understand that, I know that there are some people who love the art I do, and some who don’t. And I’ve had enough brilliant positive and upbeat feedback from people buying my art as commissions to know that I can paint, and can sell art, and am a viable artist.

I am pulled in various directions regarding trying to find a gallery to sell the new theme of artwork I’ve done. I know that the artwork is good enough for my first choice gallery, as I had them in mind, specifically, when I painted my pictures. But they declined them. But, and this is the difficult part to find out, I still don’t know how their specific judging system works. It would help immensely if there was a check system for me to work it out – rather than just a blank “nothing” response.

So, I am looking for an upbeat gallery, that has a lot of footfall, and interested buyers, that is vibrant, and sells artwork regularly. You wouldn’t think that was difficult, would you!

The Goldilocks of Galleries, not too small, not too big, not too cold, not too hot, just…………….right….

 

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.

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