Thursday, 29 September 2011

Life class

I do love going to the Thursday morning life class in Chertsey. I would imagine it's not like most life classes because we all chat throughout the session - the model included. This is Barrie, sketched in pastel pencils, in about two hours.

Monday, 26 September 2011

VivArtist Exhibition - Official Opening and Private View

Yesterday, I took my daughter, Izzy, (aged 9) to the opening of the exhibition. I was mightily impressed with the quality of the work at the exhibition (and with Izzy, who took a great interest in the paintings and sculptures, particularly of anything cute and fluffy, and was keen to look up how much they cost in the brochure). Following the sculpture trail in the beautiful grounds of King Edward's School, basking in the glorious sunshine, was a real pleasure.

Attending the private view was a useful learning experience for me, largely because I could see that people are buying paintings, in spite of the bleak economic climate, that what they buy and how much they are prepared to pay is completely random, due to the subjective nature of art, and that how much art costs has absolutely nothing to do with size, complexity or my untutored opinion on what amounts to "good art". The main thing it taught me about pricing, which is one of my major "blockages", is that there are no obvious rules, and that I need to trust my own instincts and just get on with it. I'm afraid you are going to have to watch this space, as a review of my pricing structure is still a work in progress!

As a networking opportunity, it fell flat on its face. I'm a little puzzled at my ineptitude, to be honest. I'm hardly a shrinking violet, and I did chat to a number of people about the art. It would have been an easy thing to say something like "Are you here to buy or sell?", but I let the moment pass. Note to self - Must do better!

There is some excellent work at the exhibition, but the one piece which stood out for me was a sculpture, Marionette's Conundrum, by Andrew Sinclair.


I hadn't heard of Andrew before the exhibition, but I am certainly taking an interest now. Check out his YouTube offering for a video with a touch of class.

And talking of class, I was very excited to see that Andrew offers a range of classes at a venue not too far away from where I live. Here's hoping I sell another painting soon so that I can justify booking myself a place!!!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

VivArtist Exhibition

One of my paintings has been selected to appear in the VivArtist Autumn Arts Exhibition, which runs from this Sunday, 25th September, to 16th October at King Edward's School, Witley, Godalming.

Some exceptional artists will be exhibiting, so please do go and have a look if you are in the area.

Of course, I am honoured, excited and daunted in equal measure.

The preview would provide me with an ideal opportunity to meet professional artists and obtain a better insight into how to get on in the art world. So I'm girding my loins for some real life networking!


This is the painting - Pink Satin.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Threadneedle Prize

You can see the shortlisted entries here.

I am slightly baffled, which just goes to show how little I understand of the art world!!

Back into the harness

As a result of a family holiday and moving house, I haven't had much of an opportunity to paint for a few weeks, which has been a bit frustrating. Still, it hasn't all been bad. Just as the removal van left our old house, the phone rang and I sold a painting!

Anyway, I'm now focusing on developing my art business. I have ordered some new business cards from Vistaprint, I am seeing a business development adviser tomorrow (provided as part of my voluntary redundancy package), and I am making good progress with a couple of commissions (which I am not at liberty to show here).

Instead, here are a couple of my recent soft pastel pieces from life class.

This one is my first attempt at drawing Claire, who is a fabulous model. Up until this point, I was unhappy with the likeness I was achieving from life but, with Claire, I made a conscious effort to slow myself down and to work on improving my drawing rather than completing a painting. I'm fairly pleased with the result from about a 2 hour session.


This is my second attempt at Claire. Again I worked slowly, and with a lighter touch, but the likeness is not so good. There is about one and a half hours work here.