So, the Twisty Town journey is almost complete. I say almost because Saturday will be the true test, as it's then that they will take up (temporary) residence on a table in a hall in Newtownabbey (a town I've never visited before!) before hopefully going on to live full and happy lives on the walls of discerning art lovers the length and bredth of the province (or maybe that's only in my dreams!). I am hugely excited and very nervous.
I've spent this week printing off greetings cards, handstamping the boarders of each card, packing them up in their little cello bags and then designing and printing off signs for my stall as well as little pricing postcards. I've also printed off copies of some of my pointy portraits to display just in case I could drum up some future commissions that way.
I've deliberated over how much I should charge for each of the Twisty Towns. S thought I was charging too little and should increase it a bit, based on the fact that once I take into account the canvas, the paints, the crackle glaze and the time it took me to do them I'd probably make about 5p profit! So, just in case, I've printed off a few different pricing postcards and if they don't sell for the higher price I can reduce it as the day goes on . Mind you, any that don't sell will be going into my Etsy and Folksy shops so it's not like I'll be giving them away at rock bottom prices at the fair!
Anyway, these were the last three canvasses and I was feeling a little out of ideas when S suggested that I do a triptych - he didn't use that word but I vaguely remembered reading it somewhere once and googled it to see if it was an actual thing - and it is - so I decided to use it so it sounds like I know what I'm talking about!
So, I came up with this scenario loosely based on the new Peace Bridge recently opened across the River Foyle in my hometown of Derry, or Londonderry if you prefer (you can see why we might need a 'peace' bridge!).
I don't actually like the design of the real bridge very much - the big spikey things don't appeal to me and I kind of object to them spending £14 million to build it. I mean seriously, we've already got two perfectly good road bridges going over the river so I'm not altogether sure why we needed to build a foot bridge that will only make it easier for the little yobs from either side of the city to terrorise anyone trying to walk across it. In fact the link I attached here depressingly details how vandals attacked the bridge only two weeks after it was opened. Is it any wonder I feel the need to create quirky, pretty, little imaginary towns when the real life ones we live in are so full of doom and gloom?
Anyway, on a lighter note, that's all 15 canvasses finished, about 100 cards printed and I'm pretty much all set for my first experience in trying to sell my art in a real live venue (and am also looking forward very much to having a nosy round all the other vintage, retro clothing stalls and hand made jewellery). I will of course take my camera with me to record the day and will no doubt bore you all with the minutae of the event in due course!
Oh and the title of these paintings isn't really ménage à trois, it's 'Bridging the Gap' but I figured the title might intrigue folk to pop over here (even though they'll obviously be very disappointed when they get here!!)
Happy Paint Party Friday - apologies in advance if I don't get a chance to visit many folk this weekend but I'll get there next week!