SFP Exhibition preparation


I thought I’d better check in as you’ve probably given up on me!

Not been feeling too well lately and not full of the joys of Spring so the blog has been neglected.
I’ve still been active on Redbubble, adding one or two paintings and keeping an eye on the wonderful variety of art that always gives you a lift whatever your mood.
I’ve been preparing for the upcoming Soc. of Floral Painters exhibition at The Vyne, National Trust near Basingstoke starting the 28 May.
I’ll be putting three paintings in and some cards and a couple of folios (mounted, unframed paintings). But there’s a lot of work involved for just this small number of works. You have to decide early on which paintings you want to show, making sure they fit into the criteria for the SFP, especially size wise…(this year, due to lack of space, they must be less than 18 inches on the long side, which is very small.) We have to fill in forms listing the titles and sizes of the paintings and the card titles and send these off with the handling fees.
Then you have to get these paintings mounted and framed, either doing the work yourself or paying a framer. Then you’ve to sort out the cards you are selling, making sure they are priced and boxed and labelled. The paintings once framed need to be labelled and have removable labels attached to help the hanging team. Then they have to be packed up in bubble wrap and delivered to the venue in a two hour slot on the handing in day and Basingstoke is quite a long way from Nottingham where I am!
All this effort has been worth it in the past, especially on one memorable occasion when I sold all the paintings and the cards and didn’t have to go and collect anything! Last year, I had done all the work and taken the paintings to Poole in Dorset for the annual exhibition..only to not sell any paintings! But I did sell prints and cards.
So exhibiting requires a lot of energy and enthusiasm often for very little return! I’ve posted one of the paintings I’m exhibiting. The Tree Peonies…hope you like it.
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9 thoughts on “SFP Exhibition preparation”

  1. I hope you feel better soon Ann. Looking at your lovely peony painting certainly gave ME a lift!

    I agree, sending work off to shows can be a hassle, especially as each show has such different criteria and requirements. But it has to be done and I hope that this time it's totally worth it!

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  2. good luck..I sometimes feel overwhelmed after getting all of that done..open studio 2 weeks ago and a show entry and portfolio entry and I am done !!! For now and tired. Hope you feel better soon. Love seeing all of your paintings

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  3. Deborah and Kay…
    Thanks for your good wishes..we have all been there with the exhibiting, by the sound of it. And there is no doubt that it all suddenly seems worthwhile when the sales happen!! All part of life's rich canvas…pun intended! πŸ˜€

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  4. Sorry to read that you have been unwell Ann and I am sending you all my best wishes for a quick recovery. We need you to cheer us up with your delightful creations.

    I am an associate member of the SFP but could not enter any paintings for full membership because like you I was not well enough and I could not possibly deal with all the work involved!

    Best of luck Ann with this year exhibition.

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  5. Thanks Beatrice. I hope you're able to get your full membership soon. It's not easy is it, getting sorted for these things?! I remember when I put my pics in for assessment…weeks of planning and framing and then a weekend to get down there with the paintings and then collect them again. You have to be very determined!
    Best Wishes and hope you're better now. Ann

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  6. It's gorgeous Ann, I hope you feel better. Rest up but please keep your paint brush busy! I'm trying to get ready for a little show this weekend and am already zapped.. Just hope it is a good show. Take care,Diana

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  7. Hello Ann,
    I look at your painting everyday and everytime I log on to the internet.. It looks so full of life and fresh… I am so fascinated by it!
    The more I look at it closely, the more I am drawn to it…
    Hope you get well soon!!
    Wish I could be be your student πŸ™‚ But I am so far away living in India 😦

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