Sometimes even the most confident person finds the idea of showing paintings in public quite daunting. Taking work to a gallery is even more so as there is a definite element of judgement involved in the question of whether the work will be accepted. In an exhibition, each painting needs to be strong enough to stand out. This applies in a gallery, but long before that, the gallery owner’s opinion is the deciding factor. So, until this is an established way of showing works for an artist, they may well be asking themselves whether their work is good enough for a gallery to accept it.
I suspect a more relevant question is whether the work is a good fit for the audience this particular gallery attracts. Keeping this in mind makes acceptance or rejection feels less personal.
This work was one which was not accepted for the selection exhibition of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists, which seemed ironic considering it’s title. However, since I’ve had two galleries email me in the past fortnight asking if I would consider exhibiting with them – I thought it might be time to take that plunge and take a selection of works to a gallery I like.
I’m thrilled to say that this painting and one other got picked immediately and are now on show at the Darryl Nantais Gallery. Three more will be framed before also going there – and I’m sure there will be more in future.
In my painting journey, I have had advice and encouragement from many fellow artists. Three who have been amazingly patient and supportive in answering a stream of questions about gallery charges and fees recently are Ruth McCabe, Jean Haines and Mo Teeuw who are listed on my page of Artists to follow. They have been generous with their time in giving me advice and I’m enormously grateful.