Alas, I confess, that my other half is NOT a wizard at anything remotely D.I.Y. and doesn't know one end of a spanner from another so he could not be called upon to make a folding screen. On the other hand, Karen's beloved husband is a whizz with an electric screwdriver and despite a few naughty swear words has managed to make us a perfect (well it looks perfect on the pictures she has sent anyway) hanging facility for some paintings!
Racked with guilt over the effort and time this must have taken I dismantled an old frame and painted it pink! That should even out the score in the "what did you do to make the stand look amazing?" stakes! It did take three coats after all! And a coat of varnish!
Then came the revelation that Karen was going to make her own frames! Now we all know how ridiculously expensive framing is, but also that the right frame can make a bad painting, and that a bad frame can break a good painting, so it was no surprise to me to find photo's pinging through of a frame cutting machine sat in Karen's studio! Hat's off to her! Excellent plan...but with only three weeks to go I am not sure that there is time to perfect the technique. I had my doubts. Which if anyone knows Karen, is just pointless, because despite the instruction manual being in German, she has turned 'Learning How To Use My New Toy' into a leisure activity, and I have no doubt that she will be getting a big list of things to frame for our next foray into the world of exhibiting! Still it's nothing that becoming a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild won't solve as I am sure there will be framers happy to give advice! As a member myself I will luckily be insured in the event of a thief with an eye for a masterpiece for the duration of the show!
So on to the actual production and refinement of what will be appearing on the Stand (Stand 60, Marquee 17 in case you want to come and admire our efforts). As this is my busiest month for commission work I have been relying on a few paintings from the archives making an appearance, and adding some new work into the mix. I was quite proud of my efforts and was giving myself a quiet pat on the back when 'PING!' my phone alerted me to a new update from the Sillar Studio!
OMG!!! She's either hyper thyroid or on some sort of recreational performance enhancing drug!
Look what I got! Her tile cutting hands must be covered in Band Aid!
Not to be outdone I rustled up a new painting of a horse that I had been pondering for a while!
'PING!' Ha! Sent! That'll get her going! HAHAHA!!
So despite the frenzied activity in the Sillar Studio, and a deep feeling of guilt that I harbour, I personally cannot wait to see how the stand comes together and spending some time with my PPP friend will just make our 5 days together all the more enjoyable.
It will just be Karen and I showing this time as Jenny takes some time out with her little boy, but we are so excited to be able to show you what we have been up to.
Do come and see us on Stand 60 at Patchings.
We are at the top of the first bend so easy to find - plus the Stand will be several shades of cerise pink so you can't miss us! x
Now, on with weaving that cerise pink carpet for Karen to rest her feet on! ;)
So a lot has happened since our little foray into Shrewsbury! Jenny has adopted a little boy and is instilling a creative spirit into every day life with a small person! Potato prints and mud pies are nothing in her house!
Karen has become the Treasurer of the Association of Animal Artists accompanying me, (Alison) into the world of volunteering! I have been the Chairperson of the AAA for a few years now and love it but it does sometimes get in the way of personal creative time! So our plans for PPP have taken a slightly different turn this year! We have taken a stand at Patchings Art Festival and although Jenny will not be showing any of her work this time, she will be visiting us on Saturday 14th June so if there are any dog owners that are after a beautiful dog portrait you can grab her then. In the meantime, Karen and I are busy planning our stand and painting and printing like mad to fill the space with colour and goodies!
Of course there are costs involved in presenting your art to the public, including the extortionate cost of framing. It is the one thing that is often overlooked and unappreciated by buyers of art but the one thing that can make or break a work of art.
In our AAA experience we see all sorts of horrors and as we are members of the Fine Art Trade guild we get inside information into the best practice when it comes to professional presentation. They have also launched a new Guild Society of Artists of which we are members. This is aimed not just at framers but at artists which gives some great advice, including guides on pricing and professional practice. We hope that this means that when you purchase a work of art from PPP that it will be optimum quality and made to last a life time!
So it's back to the easel and printing press and we look forward to seeing you at Patchings!
We are three artists and more importantly friends that share a love of art, wine and cake! Gathering for weekly art making sessions over the last 10 years, and even when one of us moved counties, we are bound together through a common thread whose tapestry of life, laughter and art come together in our first exhibition!