Well, After some late framing mayhem due to frames not turning up intill two days before opening day. This was because of the snow across the U.K making delivery difficult.
So two days of no stop frame workshoping to get them painted and prepped.
Big thank you to my lovely Mum who was in charge of taping the backs and fitting the hangings. This saved me 4/5 hours of work. With out her there would not have been much sleep!
All packed and ready to roll. The next stage is setting up at the other end.. Another new experience.
Glad to have got this far..
I can’t believe I’v made it this far to be honest! The work hasn’t stopped at creating a painting a day. In fact it feels like the real work is happening now. Sourcing venues for the exhibition, marketing, layout for the catalogue, ordering print runs, all takes a lot of time.
Then theres varnishing the paintings and painting and gilding 31 frames still to do. I may have taken on a bit to much with the last one.. It’s going to be a few late nights I think. I’m still waiting on the last batch of frames to arrive from the framers. With two weeks in till the exhibition opens I hope they get here soon.
All in all though the whole experience has been immensely rewarding so far. I would certainly recommend it to any artist of any level to set them selfs a painting a day challenge. The main reward is by working every day on a new piece. Trying to bring it to an expectable finish with in the shortest time frame. You should find, as I did, That the lessons learnt from the day before feeds into the next. You skills become more fluid. Painting starts to become second nature. I believe only then can the artist truly get there message across. The rest of the time we are just trying to learn skills.
All though I’m enjoying all that is involved with putting on my first exhibition I can not wait in till all the prep is over and I can get painting again. Theres so much more I would like to achieve and new directions that as yet I’v only glimpsed. The 31 day challenge has scratched the surface. Now I want to delve deeper and expand on what has begun.
If anyones around Chelsea from 12 – 18 March the 31 paintings will be on display at Chelsea Library. Entrance is free sand the gallery in the library is open from 9.30 – 8.00 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 9.30 – 5.00 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 1.00 – 5.00 Sunday.
25×20 cm oil on gesso panel
Nothing better for the soul than to get near a large body of water. At chelsea embankment you can smell the salt and a range of water birds connects me to nature whilst making a study of this dirty yet very beautiful old city.