|'Moody Cow' - Watercolour & Indian Ink - 5x7 Inches|
I was absent from Blogland last week as I had the first of the art exhibitions last weekend and didn't have any new completed pieces to share with you. We went along to the preview on Friday evening with Angela and her husband and after oohing, ahhing (and eh-ing?) over the various paintings and photographs on display I felt slightly more confident about my pieces although not necessarily about my pricing (the part I loath with a passion).
There was a great variety in both style of art and price range from £25-£500 so while my stuff wasn't the cheapest, it also wasn't the most expensive. The work on show covered all levels of competence and artistic ability but as it's such a subjective thing one man's child-like landscape is another man's perfect painting to hang on their wall.
Anyway, the confidence was short-lived. I'd love to be able to tell you that I sold all 4 of my paintings or that I even sold 1 of them but, alas and alack, I didn't sell any (sad face). I don't know if no one liked my work or if they deemed it too expensive compared to other art on show there. It's that old pricing conundrum again - too low and you undervalue your own worth, too high and it seems that the local folk from Latheron aren't willing to part with their £££s. I did feel a little gutted and rejected but I'm trying to tell myself that it's only my first exhibition and these things happen. Pick my artistic ego up, dust it down and prepare for the next show. After all, Georges Seurat wasn't recognised as the ground-breaking artist he was until after his death (although I do hope I don't have to wait that long!)
Anyway, I was off in the big smoke of Inverness for a 2 day induction for my new part-time job on Monday and Tuesday so S kindly went to Latheron to bring back all 4 of my paintings saving me from the artist's version of the walk of shame.
Whilst in Inverness, daydreaming a little during the induction presentations, I had a flash of inspiration. I decided perhaps the way forward for these local shows is to do small watercolour and ink illustrations which I can frame rather than large canvasses which take me so much time, not to mention blood, sweat and tears. So I popped into TK Maxx before my bus home on Tuesday evening and bought some frames with mounting card.
|'Tilting at Wind Farms' - Watercolour & Indian Ink -5x7 Inches|
I can price these much lower because they are small, didn't take nearly so much time and are more quirky illustrations than fine art. Perhaps this is what folk at these small local shows want and won't mind parting with £35-£40 for a small piece of framed original art if they won't part with £350 for a larger and more detailed piece.
Anyway, I'm going to try my luck again with the Pheasant and the Puffin canvasses along with these three framed watercolours. I'm dropping them off tonight and the exhibition will be on Saturday and Sunday this weekend so fingers crossed with a better variety of prices, I might have a better chance of selling something.
I missed Paint Party Friday last week so I'm back and linking up again this weekend and will endeavour to visit as many participants as I can over the weekend.