Monday, June 14, 2010

Patchings Art Festival 2010

I worked on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel during my four days exhibiting at the Patchings Art Festival. She is approximately 12 x 10 on Fabriano Artistico Hot Press Watercolour paper in extra white.
My friends Katherine (Making a Mark) and Vivien (Paintings, Prints and Stuff) have each done a review of their impression as visitors to Patchings. Click the links to read what they thought.
I was there as a first time exhibitor and returned home after 5 days, tired, but glad I took part.
I met some old friends and made some new ones, and feel I helped some beginners to coloured pencils get started.
During the first two days a lot of the visitors belonged to art societies and had travelled by coach to the event. Many of these people were attending the workshops, stocking up on their art supplies and watching the artist exhibitors demonstrate. For next year I aim to have expanded my step by step collection as I felt this was an area I could have developed more. Regular readers to my blog will know that I spent so long printing that I simply ran out of time.
The second two days, Saturday and Sunday, there were less art society visitors and I did better with selling my prints.
Although some of the exhibitors had a very successful show there was widespread feeling that there was less money being spent this year. In the current economic climate that came as no surprise.
It was obvious that Patchings is a very well run Festival which is attended by many hundreds of visitors who come back year after year, I hope to do the same.

4 comments:

Nolon Stacey said...

I'm pleased Patchings went well for you Gail. Your set up shown on Katherine's blog looks very professional. Did you come across Gareth Watling with his bird drawings, or were you unable to leave your stall? What you mentioned about the first couple of days visitors being other artists is what put me off exhibiting there. Do you think you would attend again?

DEB said...

This piece is coming along wonderfully. I know how hard it is to create art at a demo setting, where you can't always be as focused as you would in your studio. Obviously, you don't experience that because this piece looks like you worked it up at home!

Tracy Hall said...

Glad it went well Gayle, even if it was tiring. I hope your cards and prints sold well to make up for the amount of work beforehand! An absolutely beautiful spaniel!

Gayle Mason said...

Thank you all.
My stand was near Gareth's, I love his work.