Monday, 3 May 2010
Every two years I take part in a huge open studio event in Dorset in the UK called Dorset Art Weeks. Around 600 artists exhibit and as you will see if you follow the link to the website, the work is mostly of an extremely high standard. I really enjoy this show and this will be the third time I have taken part. On each of the last two occasions around 300 people have visited my studio and I sold 10 or more canvasses - by and large a much better response rate than showing in a gallery, with the added advantage of being on hand to talk to people about the work and see their reactions at first hand.
So right now I am beginning to prepare the canvasses I have been working on over the winter - painting the edges and wiring the backs. I rarely frame them preferring to leave that up to the buyer. Personally, I really like the contemporary feel of a canvas hung directly on the wall. Occasionally when I do frame I use just a thin wooden strip - about 3 cms - around the edges, usually painted white, which detracts least from the work.
Clare Shepherd said to me when I first exhibited with her that you had to work out what you were prepared to part with a piece for. So I look at each individual canvas, think back to the work that went into it, evaluate it from my own critical standpoint and then use Clare's philosophy. So far I think I have only got it wrong once when I allowed someone else's judgement to influence me and sold a piece too low.