A very successful experiment. Marion Art Group entering as a group at the Flagstaff Hill Art Show 2017. To be part of such a well organised and run exhibition and play a significant role in its success was a feather in our cap. As a group, we sold 66 paintings, two thirds of which were from our very successful, ‘un-framed’ basket. I was also part of the team of 12 artist from our group which staged a ‘Group Demonstration’.
Personally my sales were more than I could have hoped for. 3 out of 4 acrylics on the screens sold. These acrylics were a new development in my theme about Australian wildlife’s ability to camouflage themselves in their surroundings. Now I am trying to concentrate on one creature in the composition, in proportion to its habitat. I am working on achieving some realism and believability to the finished work. My aim is to create a mood through use of colour and technique of the different habitats I am painting. The inclusion of fine details of the habitat are intended to draw attention away from the ‘hiding’ creature.
I was very pleased to sell 8 out of my 11 small paintings from our ‘un-framed’ Basket. These were mostly watercolours using very intensely coloured inks. I have been experimenting with this medium lately. I have discovered that if I use my many photos to get started with the focal point of the composition ( A tree, a bush, a bird, a wrecked car etc) and then use very soft wet on wet techniques to make up the backgrounds I can complete these small pieces in one or two hours. Ideal pieces to add a mount-board to and sell for $40-$60 !!!!! (And very enjoyable to create!!!). I was surprised that they sold so well.