The Art Society of Tasmania’s Annual exhibition has passed with sadly no sales of my work. My two paintings did ‘bookend’ the winner of the People’s Choice award however. It was an excellent exhibition. I helped out with hanging and a few sessions ‘sitting’ and interacting with the public. A magnificent venue the Long Gallery Salamanca.
My exhibition at the new Doctors Practice at Sandy Bay is up and I am very pleased with how it looks. As I have expanded the number of locations I had to become much more organised; have moved to curating each exhibition around a theme. Connections is the latest and includes 10 paintings.
Persistence pays off perhaps. I now have 5 doctors practices; 4 of which I am the sole artist. I applied to an advertisement on Facebook 18 months ago, was interviewed and accepted to exhibit along with several other artists at Rosny Doctors. I sold some work here but a few of the other artist dropped out and I was tempted to withdraw too but keep going.
This lead to being asked to set up in City Doctors, then six months later at Huonville, then Sandy bay and most recently Sorell Doct. Being the only artist allows more control and ability to better curate a body of work around a theme.
Changing the exhibitions in each practice every two months and rotating around locations feels right and keeps a freshness. I try to be as professional as I can with labels, flyers, business cards etc.
It is a juggling act. I have seven sets of work to rotate and add to. I also have to prepare work for other community exhibitions that I like to support and to maintain a local profile.
My focus for the past year has been building my online profile with my web page linked to the online gallery Bluethumb.
In the next two months there are 3 local exhibitions; Hobart Rotary at Wrest Point, the Kingborough Art Prize and the Royal Hobart Show exhibition in The City Hall. That ten more painting. I have plenty to choose from because I am always painting but making and painting boards, mounting, labelling, attaching D rings and wires all takes time.
Here are my entries for Hobart Rotary
The one above is Yellow abundance and below is Evening at the fiesta
This one is More than this
The last one is River of light
Four little abstract landscapes are coming along. I have started two new 60cm abstracts and a large seascape. Not sure about this one. It mightn’t work so well with oil and wax. Maybe just oil paint????? Or abort now???
I have finished my red and blue ‘shapes’ series set which started with collaged monoprinted tissue. A bit of a struggle and ended with some bold flourishes with oil sticks.
So the last few weeks have been jumping to my left brain with all my systems and spreadsheets to manage about 130 paintings in rotating exhibitions and trying to keep my painting intuitive and free and my right brain happy. A challenge.
Spring is emerging in Tasmania; the days are lengthening and the sun is warmer. Bring on summer I say.
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