Well, I am pleased to say that after all the angst, the deadlines and generally just trying to juggle all of the above, the hard work seems to be bearing fruit. Not only have we sold some wonderful pieces in the gallery (and online) from the likes of Roger Ford, Margaret Johnson, Clive Brocklehurst*, Liz Baber, Grace Cresswell and Sarah Woolfenden, to name but a few, but I have also sold quite a lot of my recent works.
Last Friday night we attended the preview of the Westward Ho! and Bideford Art Society Exhibition at the Burton for which I had several pieces on display. It was a hot, sticky evening with over 300 pieces on show and it was heaving with artists and buyers all mingling and chatting and admiring the varied artwork. So, it wasn't until yesterday, after my workshop, that I decided to take a trip back and have another look in a more relaxed and cooler atmosphere.
In contrast to the preview, the Burton was empty this time, with the exception of a few people milling about in the foyer, so I had lots of space to take in all the work. Of course, the first thing I did was check to see if my work had the tell-tale little red dot that all artists crave, but alas, no. Oh well, I continued to look at the other work to see what had sold and what was appealing to the buyers.
At that point a group of four people came in and seemed to be interested in the glass and ceramics but as they wandered round they stopped and analysed one particular artist's work. It was mine! I couldn't believe it! What would they say, do I really want to hear it? Course I bloody do!
For about ten minutes they enthused over my pictures, nobody else's, just mine. I didn't know what to feel, part embarrassed, part proud, part dirty and sneaky for earwigging their conversation. Perhaps they would buy one, or all of them, maybe? But no, after all the adulation they wandered off and bought a piece of glassware. My shoulders slumped and I decided to leave.
Us artist types are always are own worst critics, we are never totally satisfied with our work. Receiving praise for your work is always a boost but if your work doesn't sell you can feel dejected. Fragile, aren't we?
So, it came as a pleasant surprise to receive an email earlier today saying that some of my work had sold at the Exhibition at the Burton. Whoopee! Somebody else liked it. I might be quite good after all! Fickle, as well, aren't we?
The 92nd Annual Exhibition of the Society takes place from Saturday 14th June to Sunday 13th July at The Burton Art Gallery, Bideford.
* Clive Brocklehurst is new to West Gallery and his work is not currently on our website. So far, we have sold six of Clive's trademark White Hare pictures. His pictures will be available on our website soon.