I have a small exhibition in Aalborg University library right now. Despite corona social weirdness and limitations, it feels great to see my pictures hanging on the walls in this nice space. I really wanted to show my works in 2020 and it’s happening! It will last till the end of January.
It happened quite unexpectedly, even though I was talking to the art union representatives for several months. Their sudden call was a nice last moment 2020 surprise.
Now to a few technicalities of putting together a small exhibition 🙂
It is the second time I have my pictures presented, but this time it was much more difficult to put it together – mostly due to the grown volume and difference in materials. Today I paint not only in watercolor, there are many pictures in acrylics and oil. I wanted them to play nicely together, and I think it worked in the end, even though the pieces are rather different in mood and contrast. I took some pictures of the ready exhibition and of my “casting” at home.
A separate challenge was to hang frames on the walls nicely. I’ve never tried hanging a bare canvas frame before. It turned out to be quite difficult for a newbie like me J I spent like 3+ hours putting them up. I needed to figure the order first, and even though I had a vague plan of my grouping, I had to change it a lot on the way. Make them hang on the same level was also “fun”. With my lack of experience in the field, it was quite an exercise, but learning was exponential)). Now I think I’ll have far less trouble with a similar task 🙂
At the same time I felt a bit under the weather because of corona situation. Exhibiting at the moment when not even half of the potential viewers can access the pictures is not feeling exactly great. So I was a bit hesitant to share the news on social media. But then I finally pulled myself together and made a small post on personal Facebook. I think I’ve never got so many positive reactions and comments on social media before, it was awesome – I am very thankful. So now, when the exhibition is almost over and almost no one can see it due to a harder lockdown, I still am writing about it. Because every step matters 🙂
I somehow came back to where I started – ballet dancers. Planning to make a few more for a small poster/postcard series. I really like these gracious shapes, and there is quite some room for experimenting with the materials. For example, this cloud of colour surrounding the figure is quite thickly applied paint further spread by a sprayer. Yes, I just paint on paper and then I spray on top, and it moves in funny shapes – will definitely try more of this technique.
And then flat brushes – probably the most irreplaceable instrument when it comes to painting architecture and cityscapes (I have 5 or 6 brushes in different sizes)). They are also very good for painting ballet dancers’ fluffy skirts (I love the word “tutu”) – makes it look really airy and quite naturalistic – I am very satisfied with the result 🙂
I didn’t have much time to draw and paint this summer, so was mostly doing some work in photoshop. You know, the “fun” part, where you need to do scanning and cleaning of the original works.
At the same time, I got contacted by a Chinese company, who works with prints on silk and silk scarves. I checked the website and it looked legit. So I decided to give it a try. I ordered two samples of my designs on silk chiffon, and what I received was of a very good quality. My second order was 5 more samples. And here are the results.
I tried different kinds and of silk: silk twill, silk satin, cdc, and chiffon. All are 100% silk. I needed to iron them to get rid of the folded lines and used a steamer, hot air and a bit of moist didn’t create any problems, so they are not as fragile as they might look J
I also got many good replies from my friends and followers on Instagram and Facebook. In the end I made a small bulk order or two patterns and asked to make new samples – I think everything will be ready in about two weeks, I’m very excited to see how it turns out. The plan is to put some on etsy. I also contacted one of the local arts and craft shop and they asked me to bring a few items when I receive my bulk order. The fact that they were so open for it gave me quite a bit of confidence JNow I’ll need to do some homework for the legal and visual merchandising parts.
I was checking visual trends on getty images and came across an article about illustration. This passage is quite encouraging:
“We are living in a time where attention and share of mind are commodities. It’s fostering a return to the basics with easy-to-grasp storytelling that stands out. And while the photograph will always be an industry cornerstone; illustration can be the difference between being drowned out in the limited real estate of human attention or standing out from the crowd.” Long live drawn images 🙂