Painting size 11" x 15"
ref photo courtesy Ross Lynem
and marked the boat that was ready with 22 on its plaque, a number that came to mind so easily.
I have had 22 in my mind since about October last year when I was approached by an Adelaide Hills country style hotel who have for a few years been promoting art by local artists stretching down to my area on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Hagen Arms Hotel in Echunga have a first floor that they use as a gallery for 6 week exhibitions for a 2D artist and generally combine this with a 3D artist who exhibits their pieces on the window sills. I gulped when I was approached as I am really a novice and did not have a large body of work for a solo exhibition but as always I am up for a challenge and I accepted on the basis that it would be after March 2013 so I could have enough credible pieces. I also thought this was an opportunity I may not be offered again so easily but I must say I have been in anxious mode from time to time as to whether I would be ready. The hours required to have enough paintings to include along with the need to have change over pieces for the two cooperative galleries I am in meant I needed to apply myself seriously. This I have done and I must say have had a lot of ups and downs but have steadily been more pleased with my results. Yesterday Ian and I drove up to the hotel and took another look at the gallery space and the current exhibition. The area did not look as big and forboding as the first time I looked and I think I will be fine with about 18 paintings to fill the walls without looking overdone. My exhibition opening will be on Friday 3rd May and will run through until June 11th An official invite is being prepared but for my friends who live local please keep Friday 3rd May 6-8pm free as I hope you can attend the opening - official invite is being prepared by the gallery curator and I will keep you informed.
Its been a great week all up as I now feel ready for this upcoming exhibition, have 3 paintings aside for the Goolwa Rotary Art show over Easter, two works depicting Gulf life for another exhibition in May and my 5 new pieces for the "Up Front" exhibition being hung next week at Off the Slate Gallery. Best of all I had the thrill of selling my first painting to an International client and my painting last week of Foxgloves is now on its way to Spain.