So now it is over, everything packed up and going into store. I had a few sales and over 200 people came to see my work so I am pleased about that. I find exhibiting quite draining – so much socialising! and it blocks my art making for a while. However, a week has passed so I need to get back into the swing of making. For a while I will play around with some ideas and see what develops.
One thing I did in the show was buy pieces of acrylic, like the above and make simple assemblies, to catch the light and show colour mixing with overlays. I’m wondering now how to develop this – or just enjoy it as it is.
Yesterday I did something quite different – a sketchbook workshop with Karen Stamper. I have made many sketchbooks myself, but it’s good to do something not too serious and pick up a few new ideas. Who knows what might percolate out eventually?
I’ve been preparing for my exhibition’ the Bright’ on the Upstairs Gallery, starting 8 October until 20 October. I’ve made a flyer/artist statement/info sheet – trying to do it all on one sheet of A4 so I only have to handle that, and can get it printed properly in full colour by Instaprint.
I’m also tidying up the paintings so can be hung. They are all on canvas – no frames, hooray! I’m warning everyone that they are quite different to what I’ve exhibited before. They have a lot to do with patchworks, that I have made since I was in my teens, so I wonder if this is a more authentic expression of myself.
This is the most recently finished picture – called Sets, it is 120cm wide and 80cm high – perfect for over sofas, and the stairs in the gallery. You can see the edge of the light switch peeking out form behind for scale.
I’m also going to have some fun installing small sculptures using acrylic sheets and vintage interlocking construction toys (PlayPlex and Octogons). I’m going to make these in situ at the time – risky!
I’ve been ignoring this, but have had a niggly feeling I need to do it – I do use a mailing list to tell people (mainly friends) about exhibitions, and I do have enquiries and sell art work, so I need people’s information to do that.
Anyhow, Etsy came to the rescue, with an email telling my I needed to do it for my Etsy shop, and a support document I could actually understand and tailor to my purposes quite easily.
So I’ve put my policy on my website: http://www.jennythorburn.me.uk/section857880.html
My Etsy shop has a similar policy too, but with references to Etsy.
Last week I attended a short course organised by Art.Earth at Dartington Hall. it was called Form and context and lead by Chris Drury ( land artist) and Kay Syrad (poet and writer). Dartington was beautiful in full May garb, with good weather (until the last day). The course was about landscape/nature and art, in a practical way, with a lot of personal exploration. I got into ‘a reverie’ and a playful state and didn’t make a huge amount, but a lot went in and is still being processed. The above is a ‘drawing’ on the river Dart.
My exhibition has ended in the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead. It all went smoothly – we didn’t even have to take the pictures down as the technician did it because we weren’t able to get there in the snow. There has now been the tedious job of recording and packing away into storage. However, a few of the pieces will be out again in a couple of weeks at the exhibition ‘Trees’ at the Open Door centre in Berkhamsted. Meanwhile I’ve been making the prints that have been ordered.
I am preparing for my next exhibition, which I am installing next Monday in the bar space at the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead. This a little theatre in the High Street of Hemel Hempstead (which is the attractive old part of Hemel, with a superb Norman church and Georgian houses, now sadly bypassed by the new town). https://www.oldtownhall.co.uk/.
It’s open office hours (10.30 to 5 Monday to Friday and before performances). Sadly, there is no longer a café operating there – but at least you will have peace to contemplate the pictures. The room itself is very pleasant with large windows.
Hemel church has a wonderful medieval steeple (foreshortened in this picture), worth seeing in itself as a piece of sculpture/land art. You can see it from the window of the gallery where my exhibition is.