Things I Learned
Unity in Diversity
The exhibition at Nunhead Corner Gallery ended up being an intense learning experience. Not just in getting over my inhibitions about showing the full range of my work, but also beginning to see the underlying unity across so many techniques and approaches. There seemed to be a thread connecting even the most disparate individual works. This itself was a lesson in how to exhibit my work most effectively.
Thematically, the works hinted at its theme successfully, so that there was a feeling of the ‘changing seasons’. But this was conveyed subliminally. Each individual piece had an ‘is-ness’ while remaining integral to the whole story. The theme of weather had unforeseen consequences, and my gallery days were full of changeable English weather. I had only myself to blame for that.
My daughter brought some of her friends to the launch, who seemed to enjoy it – or at least to be somewhat bemused. Hard to gauge responses from the tablet generation, but they stayed for ages and seemed to engage with the experience. My daughter even came around on the final day to help meet and greet.
…….. and Things I Earned
As Mark Twain said about learning to be a riverboat captain, all the better to earn while you’re learning. The sympathetic reaction of friends and clients was expressed in lots of sales and future commissions. But even more satisfying was that people responded so positively and understood the scope of my work, without objecting to the diversity of approach and technique. In that sense it was the best display ever of the full range of my creative method. Getting direct feedback in a monetary form reminded me of the situation in New York City, where I held my first exhibitions. People express their appreciation through their chequebooks. When I have previously exhibited in the UK, it has always been with a dealer who has handled the sales. It was such a pleasant experience to be dealing directly with the public, seeing their reaction to the work first hand. Having said that, I am very keen to work with a gallery again, just as soon as the right one appears.
In the midst of their excitement at seeing all the new work, visitors didn’t hesitate to ask me,’What is Your Next Project?’ Of course this is some kind of compliment and further expression of interest. However I will need a few weeks to digest this unique experience and to devise my next large project. And in fact, there are lots of exciting projects on the drawing board – literally.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the next instalment in the creative odyssey.