Last week I hung my first exhibition, (not only was it my first exhibition it was a SOLO exhibition to boot!) So armed with boxes of bubble wrapped paintings I arrived bright and early at the venue to assist with hanging my artwork.
The space that I’m currently exhibiting in was once a butchery department of a Victorian department store and has amazingly high ceilings and the original tiled walls which prove to be an original backdrop to any artwork displayed there.
In total, I hung 12 original oil paintings and a further 13 prints of my work. This was the first time that I had seen the series hung as a collection and it was quite a shock to see them all framed and hanging as a cohesive set of paintings.
The exhibition is now open for viewing and I’ll be hosting an evening on the 29th of March as part of the city’s bi-monthly Artwalk. I look forward to telling all about it and sharing my thoughts on exhibiting for the first time in an upcoming post but until then I just thought that I would share a few photos, I hope that you enjoy!
There’s not been much time for painting lately as I’m now at the stage in working towards my exhibition where it’s purely preparation and administration. I’ve now learnt that preparing for an exhibition is no easy task! I’m surrounded by paintings in my studio and around my house, whilst I check the titles, sizes and frames. 12 oil paintings have been catalogued along with 13 framed giclee prints. Although the actual exhibition doesn’t start for just over a week, I’ll be hanging my paintings in the a few days before to allow for tweaks and adjustments. This is all new to me so I’m checking and re-checking that the details are correct.
Who knew how much work went into an art exhibition! Talk about a learning process, I’d love to hear the thoughts and any advice from other creatives out there about this part of the artistic experience.
Do you ever revisit one of your old paintings and see it with fresh eyes?
Months later after lessons have been learnt and I’ve had the time to process those lessons I’m now coming back to some of my earlier oil paintings and taking another look at them.
Which is what I’ve been doing over the past couple of weeks as a couple of these paintings just didn’t seem finished. So after a few minor tweaks, I am now much happier with the final results…
Clearing Skies – Oil on board
Wintertide – Oil on birch panel – 30cm x 30cm
They’re only minor additions but have added glazes (in the second image) and more detail (in the first), I even renamed the first one from “After the Storm” to “Clearing Skies” as it seemed more appropriate. There’s nothing major that I’ve changed but I hope that these small changes have improved them.
On another note, I now have an online portfolio of my work over at www.toritipton.com fear not though I’ll still be posting about my progress and rambling on over here!
I’ve just got time for a quick post today as I’m working super hard trying to get quite a few unfinished paintings completed (the reason for this shall become clear in due course!). This is my latest painting to be completed titled “Night Crossing” which I thought that I’d share with you.
Well the new year is now well under way now isn’t it?
Now I’m not much of one for making new year’s resolutions but I do like to take time to reflect at the beginning of the year. It’s a good time to explore creative yearnings and aspirations for the year ahead and surge ahead with new ideas, with new energy and determination to fulfil artistic goals.
So on this note I’ve been giving some thought as to which direction I’d like my artistic journey to take me.
Having mulled over where I currently am and where I want to be in terms of becoming an artist I realise that I am now ready to take the next step and progress to selling and exhibiting my paintings on a larger scale. Now if the truth be told I have wanted to do this for some time but have been scared to put this information out there. This fear was holding me back. Nothing has really changed and I’m still scared – scared of failure, scared of success, of the unknown, the what ifs… lets face it I’m just one big scaredy cat! So although I’m still aprehensive about all of these things I now feel that I am ready to face up to the challenge and to me that makes a huge difference.
So in the upcoming weeks I intend to make a plan and hopefully set the wheels in motion for my next step and as and when (no ifs, I’m being positive that this will eventually happen 🙂 ) I have anything to tell you’ll be the first to know.
I guess I’m sharing all of this with you as it makes me more accountable and more likely to act on my goals. So how about you? I’d love to hear your creative goals and aspirations for 2017.
In the meantime here’s my first painting of 2017. I completed it at 2.30am after unsuccessfully trying to sleep. I’ve called it “Lunar” as it was obviously influenced by the time of night in which it was painted!
My painting practice has taken a bit of a back seat this week due to festive catch ups with friends and family. I have managed though to put the finishing touches to a painting I started a week or so ago.