It’s been a while since my last Post!! …..because I have been busy!!!!
MAG activities are building. We have an exhibition at the Atrium Gallery, Mitcham Village, throughout July and I have two entries out of the 26 on display. We will be at Colonnades Shopping Centre for two weeks early August and then our Stobie Pole painting task in the local community (immediately around the Marino Community Hall), will take place throughout August and September. The Marion Shopping Centre Exhibition is on13th to 19th October. I will help to organise the Stobie Pole activity, but the two shopping centre exhibitions are not on my radar whilst I concentrate on creating enough paintings for my exhibition toward the end of September.
The Opening of the one-man-show at Maxwell Wines, McLaren Vale will take place on 27th September, Saturday, 6.00 to 7.30pm.
I have now completed 16 pieces, with two others mostly finished and then I have another 7 pieces to complete ( 3, 400x500mm and 4, 300x300mm canvasses). Total is 25 pieces which has changed over the last few weeks as I have discarded a couple of large canvas ideas to make room for more small pieces which may be more saleable. With the current economy, several other artists I have talked to, are saying keep artwork small in size to make then more affordable. The small canvasses I have left to do will not take me long. With two months to go I think I am in a good non-panic position. I do have to varnish all my completed canvasses yet, and I have a number of tasks like an advertising brochure, articles for newsletters and the exhibition catalogue to produce, but I am feeling good about the way things are going.
It is great to have my artist friends at MAG and family and friends at home to offer advice, help and encouragement. The three finished canvasses of tourist attractions painted in sepia tones, have been well received by others who believe that they will be very appealing to visiting tourists….but who knows what will sell!!!
My ideas and plans have continued to evolve. The small canvasses have inspired me to develop some micro-views of vine leaves, in their states of different stages and colour of their life span. Some experiments in different media (ink and conte) have been discarded, but it is good to try things and have enough material so I can be choosy. (shown below)……More thoughts closer to opening night!!