A week in, about half of the paintings have been sold in Skyeworks Gallery’s “Time & Tide” 2017 charity exhibition, supporting Scottish Autism. A big thank you to everyone!
You can view all the paintings on Skyeworks’ website or on Facebook page, which has the advantage that you can add a like to your favourites and easily message the gallery if you’d like one of the still-available paintings.
The paintings are all the same size (10x10inches or 25x25cm) and same price (?85, of which the artist gets ?50 unless they choose to donate this). The exhibition is anonymous so you find out who the artist is only after you’ve bought it. There are paintings by full-time and part-time artists, occasional artists and first-time exhibitors. Last I looked, not all of my submissions had been sold yet, though you’ll have to guess which these are, I’m not telling. (In the photos, white dots are for favourite, red dot indicates sold.)
I’m particularly delighted that three paintings created by workshop participants have sold, including these two:
These are photos of my paintings that have sold.
And something rather different, that had its beginnings as a demo piece in a workshop and then took on a life of its own. It’s weird and wacky, but I like this. I very nearly kept it for myself.
Skyeworks Gallery has issued an open call to all artists for the 2017 charity exhibition, which takes place from 29 July to 12 August. The theme this year is Time & Tide and the nominated charity is Scottish Autism.
Artists are required to submit artworks that have a wall size/ finished dimension of 25x25cm/ 10″x10″. There is no limit on the number of submissions, however they should not be signed on the front of the work. Cost per entry is ?5 and blank canvases are available to purchase at Skyeworks.
Artworks will all be sold at a set price of ?85, and artists will receive payment for sold work, with a set percentage going to the charity. Artists may wish to donate the entire amount, and would be very welcome to do so.
Artwork needs to be at Skyeworks no later than 20 July 2017.
For further details please email Skyeworks.firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, I shall be submitting some paintings to this exhibition. Yes. photos will be shared on Skyeworks’ Facebook page once the exhibition is open. No, I can’t share photos of my paintings because the sale is anonymous, you find out who created a piece only after you’ve bought it, that’s part of the fun. No, you shouldn’t assume every painting of a sheep is by me. Last time one of my paintings was a still life with an apple.
This new seascape painting is headed to Skyeworks Gallery this morning. It’s inspired, as many of my painting are, by the changing light over the Minch, this time the dance of late snow showers blowing in from the north. Known as lambing snow, because it comes after some lambs have already been born (though hereabouts most crofters lamb late to avoid it). Ne’er cast a clout till May be out and all that.
It’s done as a diptych, two 70x70cm canvases making it 140x70cm. This makes transporting it (and shipping if needed) so much easier. But also varnishing! Disadvantage is there’s more edge to paint.
I’ve finally got photos of the paintings in my Interlude exhibition up as a photo gallery on my paintings website here. And if you scroll down this page a bit, there’s a short video of the exhibition. Thoughts and feedback through the comments section at the bottom of this blog or by email) would be appreciated as florals are new territory for me.
A few notes: All these paintings are currently on show at Skyeworks Gallery; larger photos and/or details can be emailed on request. The gallery can ship paintings worldwide, either as is (flat) or taken off stretchers and rolled (cheaper posting, and a framer will be able to restretch it). The UK pound is at a 30-year low against the US dollar. The exhibition catalogue, which has most (not all) of the paintings in it, is ?9.50 from Skyeworks (plus postage). Contact Skyeworks Gallery.
I’ve learnt not to say “I work at Skyeworks Gallery in Portree on Saturday” because some people take “work” to mean “creating paintings” rather than “person on gallery duty doing whatever needs doing”. I tend to say “I’m in Skyeworks Gallery” or “I’m on the desk at Skyeworks Gallery” or some variation of this.
No two Saturdays are alike.?Yesterday included:
? rehanging my small paintings on canvas (the quandry is whether people will be inspired by the display to start their own collection of little paintings, or hesitant to disturb it)
? sorting through my prints (new daisy print now in stock)
? dusting where my coasters, placemats and mugs are (blowing into a mug gets the dust out easily but needs to be done so you don’t get it in your face!)
? helping move two shelves from one side of the gallery to the other
? arranging half a dozen newly arrived whisky-barrel benches
? measuring the two longest benches for a customer so she could check if it’d fit the space at home
? giftwrapping a knitted sheep for a lass who’d saved her holiday money to buy it (I gathered there’d been a visit to Skyeworks earlier in the week), and
? being an enthusiastic taste-tester for a new gluten-free muffin from the bakery below (tough job!).
Plus all the chatting to customers and sales-related stuff. All in a day’s “work”.
The past few days I’ve been taking bubble-wrapped Flow paintings into Skyeworks in batches, as I couldn’t get them all into my car together. Then yesterday the in-house art critic did the hanging, with varying degrees of input from myself and Liza (artist-owner of Skyeworks). I suspect the most helpful thing I did was pack away all the bubblewrap bags as I find it impossible not to play favourites with paintings. Last night I slept for 11 hours straight, woke up feeling excited and ready for this evening’s opening event. Tomorrow I’m at a Growing Your Creative Business workshop Business Gateway are presenting, then Wednesday to Saturday I’ll be in Skyeworks, so it’s a busy out-of-the-studio week!
Remember the painting with the little yellow tree on the riverbank that had been in “pondering mode” for some time (see Does This Painting Need More Sunshine)? Well, it stayed in pondering mode until last week. In the end I did very little too it, only adding some extra white to the river. I found that as the days got longer and mid-winter darkness receded, the painting revealed more and more colour, and it was indeed nearly finished.
Now all it needs is a title; I’m hearing “The Little Tree That Could” in my head for not-quite fathomable reasons, but think that something like “Flowing Past” would be a better fit for my “Flow” exhibition. Any suggestions? But please not “A River Flows Through It”; when I worked as sub-editor at Getaway travel magazine photojournalists loved that almost as much as the word “experience” (as in “dining experience”, “bush experience”, “4×4 experience”).
Here’s a photo of the painting overall, and below that a detail that’s about lifesize (click on it to see the photo bigger).