With less than 24 hours to my London debut on The Mall I’m a little nervous… It’s something new, I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a long day and probably very warm… You get the picture! In these situation I find activity helps. So I’ve been calming my nerves with some abstracts. Working on expression and nothing else is remarkably liberating. Allowing yourself to make mistakes but then finding something new as a result. I’ve said it before “play” is vastly misunderstood and under appreciated. Play is when discoveries are made! Play is the purest form of experimentation. Sure you may then repeat the process to try and reproduce your results. But you would never know what to repeat without playing in the first place! Finally, and most importantly, play is calming. In order to play you must be distracted by something. And if you’re distracted, you’re not worrying. And here’s the result of my playtime. Now, I’m pretty sure I’m doing something tomorrow. What was it?… Oh yes, I remember! So, what do you do to calm your nerves?
Less than a week to go! And work for the exhibition has taken over! But, even committee members must focus on your own work and create something… eventually! Although, it’s not unknown for committee members to submit work that’s still wet! Interpretation of the theme is the sticking point! Our theme is light. So many potential ideas… But which to choose? Where to start? Sometimes simple is best! This light is one of those visible on the Terrace outside the Houses of Parliament. There are 2 lights on each post. One historical, elaborately constructed and brilliant. The other smaller, simpler, dimmer… An afterthought! Added sometime after the initial light was erected. But within these two simple lights I see a metaphor for political power. They could be two main parties vying for supremacy… But only one dominates. Or maybe the lights are the conflicting power within a Coalition government! Imbalanced due to the different party sizes. One party gets a chance to shine more brilliantly! But that brilliance may switch to the newer light! Now which should it be?
Artist’s are often insular beings. Mixing with others can be a challenge. That’s not to say we dislike people, although I could think of a few who… Anyway, I digress. Over the last 6 months or so, I’ve made a concerted effort to get to openings and meet people. These events have ranged from small local galleries to large art events in London and Manchester. In the process, I’ve found a few things out about myself. I network better if I’m on my own. If I take a friend I’ll chat with the friend! I actually enjoy networking once I get there. Shocking I know! You never know what will happen! Sometimes, I just don’t want to go! Take last Thursday, the Preview night of The Wheel Christmas show in Banbury. The Weather’s been cold, not as bad as other regions, but black ice, frosts, a little snow and mists. Enough to make me want to stay at home, rather than venture out. Plus, I was struggling with a “should I be going out networking again instead of being at home with family” guilt trip! Plus my inner couch potato really wanted to remain on the sofa watching TV! (Plus […]
Any artist who wants to be successful comes to a point when they need to develop a thick skin! Coping with a degree of failure is part of the learning process. No one can realistically expect everyone to like them or their work. It just doesn’t happen. Tastes in art vary too much. So, rejection is part of the territory. But how do you cope? Sometimes, I get very despondent. I wonder if I’m really doing the right thing! Doubts take hold, telling me I don’t know what the “right thing” is and should just give up? This is when I start using mental tactics to keep going. Rather like a runner preparing for the race, a positive attitude is essential fpr any artist. The more I work in this business the more I realise that success isn’t based on talent alone. There are more talented artists than me who will never make it. Likewise, there are many less talented artists who have succeeded. The reason for the difference seems largely due to attitude. I want to paint and create art. But that’s meaningless if I have no outlet for my finished efforts! So, I have to get my work […]
Well it works for me! I had an unexpected phone call on Wednesday! I was in the bank, when my phone rang. I answered and it was Mike at Artworks for business. I was one of 3 artist’s selected to exhibit and demonstrate at John Lewis department store in High Wycombe. Now to say I were fair gobsmacked is putting it mildly It came as something of a surprise, as I’d only asked for more details when I sent him my initial email the previous Friday! For a while, I was baffled! How had they seen my work? Then I checked the email I sent and realised it contained a link to my website! (What strange marketing insight had made me include that I wonder! Art business.com, You’ll be proud of me! I think it’s finally sinking in!) The briefing meeting was Thursday at 3.00pm!! First thought how am I going to manage the school run? I mean, don’t these people have families!!!! After frantic childcare arrangements, I ensured I made it! I might not have planned to go, but I sure wasn’t going to turn down an offer handed me on a plate! Leaving the meeting I was elated. […]