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!!!