Wednesday, 25 November 2009
The first image to sell on the night - "Dancing by Moonlight"
Link to the complete set of exhibition images is HERE on Flickr
All images are now available to buy on-line at AMAZON
We held the private view to my new show last Saturday evening, and even in the appalling weather we probably received around 60 brave and supportive guests throughout the event :-) I was hoping for slightly more sales to be honest, but many of my big buying customers had been defeated by the weather that night so it's hardly surprising really.
It goes to show how a business is so dependent on factors that are often out of our control. There was no way I could have foreseen the run of appalling weather and floods in the UK when I booked the show, neither could I really tell that the whole of our town has gone so quiet that bush bales are blowing down the road. Conversely, we have had our busiest summer ever, really phenomenal, but the roller coaster of fine-art sales is certainly bottoming out at present it seems, even Christmas doesn't seem in anyone's agenda yet !
Having said that we did sell several Limited Editions, some smaller prints and several books, enough to have at least made the event worthwhile. The most rewarding benefit was the crowd that actually turned up, everyone smiling, talking, enjoying the new work, praising the images, enjoying the alcohol and generally socialising. The gallery was buzzing at least and it was great to see and feel. I caught up with some long lost friends, family, faraway customers, eminent local artists Jeremy Yates, Wilf Roberts and Gareth Davies (my dad!) who was exhibiting his own drawings here, and met some great new friends and customers :-)
Now that the work is on the walls I am actually very happy. I felt that even though the images were not part of an intense project such at the Nant Gwrtheyrn exhibition, they nevertheless worked extremely well together, even the Welsh mountain pictures alongside the latest Anglesey shoreline images. There is cohesion of style and approach and this time, thankfully, the printing went easily, well, and without any major hitches! Four of the images have been framed with my new 'almost invisible, non reflective' Neilsen glass which REALLY sets them apart, (but increases the frame prices somewhat!).
If any of you are in the town and want to see the new show, you are welcome to browse. If you bring your credit card I will even chat to you and make you coffee :-))))
Actually, on a serious note, don't forget that VAT is increasing again in January so if you ARE thinking of making a purchase, you could do worse than to make your purchase this side of Christmas to save money.