My first invitation to work and show at the Childwickbury Art Fair was a great success and an occasion that I really enjoyed being part of. Most visitors showed a lot of interest in my work and engaged in very interesting discussions about my way of painting. Two of which ended in sales which was a great reward for the effort I put into the show. I hope to repeat the show again next year and hopefully be more confident about what I can achieve in the three days that it runs. Here are some photos of work in progress –
There are two forthcoming open submission shows that I am currently working towards, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters showing in November and the ING Discerning Eye show later in the year. After my success at the ROI last year, I am hoping to follow up with another acceptance this year and perhaps start to get some recognition in this prestigious institution as well as another pop at showing at the fabulous Mall Galleries.
To help me make up my mind about what of my latest work to submit, I have just had a very useful mentoring session with my much admired NEAC artist Michael Kirkbride. He always gives very concise advice and has a lot of experience in sorting out paintings that will make an impression when displayed in a gallery. My choice of three works are now determined and I will submit and await the result of the adjudication team next month.
Two more events on the horizon for later in September are my curated show called LAND MARKS of 11 chosen artists at the Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green Road from the 13 – 18th. Running concurrently I will be opening my studio at 3 weekends to any visitors during the open Studios month during September. So no hanging around now, full speed ahead finishing work, framing and packing as well as fitting in a long anticipated week away at the Newlyn School of Art for two inspiring landscape exploring events in paint and sketching.