Well it’s almost 18 months since I put my name down at The Cocoon Gallery (in the Margaret River library) for my first solo art exhibition. 18 months ago I thought I’d have plenty of time to develop a concept and a body of work… 18 months have gone by and all I’ve done is sketched hundreds of concepts — I still haven’t begun the actual body of work that will make up an exhibition!
And looking at timings, working backwards:
- Hang the exhibition 1 February 2016
- Pick up the work from the framers 31 January 2016
- Deliver work to the framers early January 2016
- Produce a body of work by early January 2016
It’s now 22 December and holy freak-out, this gives me just TWO WEEKS to get this baby sorted!!
No time for navel-gazing or second-guessing myself now. There is only time for doing. For creating!
Like a woman on a mission, I decided on my final layout, and began cutting lino like my life depended on it. Within three days I had produced my first prototype piece — VALUABLE — urged on by the affirmation rolling through my head throughout the entire process:
I am feeling valued and valuable — my every need is taken care of, and my wishes pre-empted. I matter.
And so from today until early next year, you’ll find me in the studio producing 49 versions of this baby, all in different colour schemes that represent 49 states of happiness. It’s a brilliant concept (I don’t mind saying so!), and I can’t wait to get started. See you on the flipside!!
Art Exhibition UPDATE 26 MARCH 2016
Well, what a ride! The Colour Me Happy art exhibition was opened by the amazing Jenni Doherty, and it was an evening that went by in a flash — so many people to discuss the work with, so many connections, so much genuine interest. Almost half of the exhibition sold. I’m told for an emerging artist, this is a phenomenal result.
I am truly grateful for every person who turned up, who said a kind word, and of course, for those who purchased a piece to take home.
I am now preparing to take the remaining pieces down next Thursday… They will be re-housed in my new home gallery, just in time for my next adventure… OPEN STUDIOS!!! I do hope to see you at my studio in Cowaramup, between 9-26 April!
❤ Anita Revel
PS This is week 51’s piece for my Art Challenge of 2015… Follow me on Facebook to stay in the loopity-loop of my produce-a-piece-a-week challenge.
PPS Wanna buy THis piece? You can!
Framed: Hand-painted print (framed), $125 including postage within Australia