Repeat How Many Times?

This is a week focused around the “admin” tasks of preparing for the hanging of my Interlude exhibition at Skyeworks on Sunday. It includes adding d-rings and wire to every painting, plus writing the details on the back, which means deciding on a name for each. Repeat more than 30 times and I’ve begun to question the wisdom of having so many small paintings. The solution is, of course, to do it as I declared a painting finished, but it’s too late now; maybe next time. (Yeah, in the same way I always paint the edges first.)

Good news is that my catalogue has arrived and I’m pleased with it (few minor typos aside) and my new greetings cards are due for delivery today. That means tomorrow’s task is bribing my Mum with frangipan tarts and scones from the Skye Baking Company to put the cards into polybags with an envelope (hardest part is dealing with the little tear-off strip on the glue which static-attaches itself to your fingers very determinedly).

After that is the pricelist and editing photos and … there’s still a lot to get done, but I’m very excited. I’ll send out a newsletter (subscribe here) when I get the photos added to my paintings website (after the opening on Monday).

Detail: Four Small Daffodil Paintings
Detail: Four Small Daffodil Paintings

Back of Small Daffodil Paintings

Detail: Four Small Tree Paintings
Detail: Four Small Tree Paintings
Back of Small Tree Paintings
Oops, either I strung the top left-hand one the wrong way up or I wrote the title on the wrong way up.

5 Replies to “Repeat How Many Times?”

    1. Thanks Morag! I’ve always loved daffodils, their bright cheerful appearance heralding spring, and can’t believe it’s taken me this long to paint them.

  1. Congrats on another colourful series. I’d love to see a picture of the collection once it is all hung up. I am curious about the need for the very labor intensive D-rings and wire. Had a friend who had purchased some small works on similar canvasses, and she had commented how they were hard to line up evenly because they tipped over just a tad and didn’t lay flat on the wall. I told her to remove the hanging hardware and just hang them from the wooden frame in the back. Even large stretched canvases seem to hang quite well just popped on a screw (or nail), or perhaps two spaced out ones if necessary. So, was just wondering about this? Thanks Marion!

    1. One solution to a painting tipping is a bit of poster-putty on one bottom corner — also means you can dust the top without it shifting (if it’s at a height anyone sees the dust, otherwise why bother!). Using a nail to hang a canvas from the edge of a stretcher does work well, but in the gallery they’re hung from moveable hooks strung on moveable cords (like this) to give maximum flexibility to the display area. D-rings make it easy to hang/move paintings quickly and have them hung securely (important if it’s framed with glass). I then add a wire because it feels incomplete from a buyer’s point of view otherwise. It’s straightforward to do, and time consuming now only because we didn’t do it as I was going along. It’s much harder work deciding on titles 🙂

      1. Thank you Marion for this clarification and the Poster-putty tip. It’s helpful to know this about hanging works in a gallery . Makes perfectly good sense – they wouldn’t want to have nails all over the place. All the best in this exhibit!

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