Having recently exhibited my paintings at some big shows in Dublin, Ideal Home Show and the House Event, my mind filled with thoughts of some of the great people I met at these shows, fellow artists and of course, those who bought or showed interest in my paintings.
It is such a hectic time in the lead-up to these shows, with so much planning, preparation and things to do – the lists become endless. Then self-doubt sneaks in and creates panic!
are the paintings good enough?
do they sit well together?
have I enough to fill the space?
is there an evident theme?
will the framer have the frames ready in time?
have I thought of all the small things that make the presentation complete – business cards/name tags/ flowers ….???
oh! and what about….
It always works out in the end and the shows are so interesting and exciting to be a part of. It is the greatest honour when someone purchases a painting and I find myself wondering:
Perhaps the purchase is a gift for a special person or occasion
Will it hang in a home or an office
Maybe it will travel to some foreign country and reside there
Hopefully the painting will be treasured by families and friends over future generations
Some people request a commission to paint their favourite spot
Others want to purchase limited edition prints
How probable is it that my paintings will outlive me!
So Andy Warhol’s saying seemed very poignant!
The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will
…….so many musings ……. so appreciative to be an artist.
It certainly is a work day! The RDS Hall where the show takes place turns into a building site. Everyone has a job to do and every tool is put to full use. Within the space of a few hours, chaos turns into a certain type of order.
Just a few finishing touches for tomorrow.
The lighting will be on.
There will be a place for everything with everything in its place!
We slip out quietly carrying our quota of tools – drills and ladders and God knows what else!
We have a nice presentation (I hope) on our Stand N40.
This stand is right beside all the talks on interior design etc.
Tomorrow I shall enjoy listening to all those tips. See more here
Come along over the weekend and see / hear what the Ideal Home Show can offer you and be sure to drop by my stand at N40 and say hello.
You just might find that perfect piece of art to make your home the Ideal Home.
Still lots of finishing touches to be done, not to mention planning and organising but it’s all very exciting stuff.
The only thing to do :
Create a checklist!
How is the framer getting on with all the new work I gave him?
Check with printer – enough business cards? greeting cards?
Labels / name tags / prices ….
Layout – now that’s a big one to decide – what goes where and which paintings sit best together?
Will everything be ready on time ?
and on it goes …..I am excited about the collection I will have at my Stand N40.It will be an eclectic mix of paintings that I think you will like.There will certainly be something for everyone.
This really is a great opportunity to get ahead of the posse as regards Christmas – shhhhh! (I am whispering here), but this IS the place to go to make your design changes for your home, or to get that unique gift for Christmas before all the madness starts.
So do stop by my stand and take time for a chat.
Remember, the show runs for four days, so come and say hello – and if you’ve missed the deadline to download free tickets, send me a message, and I will be happy to send some on to you.
Here are some photos taken over the last day or so
Day One and all the fuss and excitement of setting up. What to bring, checklists that itemise drills, screws, labels, ladders …. and the list goes on and on. Starting with a clean canvas (pardon the pun) and within no time at all, the empty shell is filled with lots of paintings and hey presto – we’re ready!
Pleased to take part in the panel discussion and to talk about painting!
Some of the lovely visitors that came to my stand and some paintings on their journey to their new homes.
Tomorrow is the last day so I do hope you will come along and visit if you are in the area.