|Odette the Orchid - after two days of demonstration work, just the washes in, but not bad considering!|
So yes, I after this weekend I had a good think about what I could write about that would be informative for all of you lovely people. Something that you might not have got from the weekend or from Katherine's amazingly informative blog (another post can be found here)... So yes, a top tip that could actually be rather useful somewhere down the line. This year the RHS decided to have a live painting session at the back of the hall and I was lucky enough to have been invited to take part. So, after weeks of preparation and two days of painting in front of you lovely folk I have decided that the art of creating a pop-up studio is really something worth embracing and developing. So here it is - "the ups and downs of pop-up!"
|I even put a chair next to me so people felt that they could sit and watch. Later on in the day I even had Christabel King sitting in the chair - who would have thought it?!|
Bring a clip board with all your information on it. I did this for Henry so that he had information on things like postal costs for each print, paper types and the length of time it takes to do a painting.
Ending on a positive 'up' #7
Just enjoy it. It's a lot of work, but completely worth it. It's a very humbling experience. I was very aware all weekend that I am not at the standard of the artists on the other side of the hedge/hall (yet), but it was still so lovely to show people what the journey is like and that we all have to start off from somewhere and that practice makes perfect.
With thanks to:
- My mum who taught me everything I know
- My step dad Andrew who designed my website, my cards and my postcards
- My dad who came up to London despite having a deep rooted phobia of the place and helped set up.
- My beloved Henry who has been a massive emotional support as well as an epic salesman and tea-fetcher
- My best pal Nick the super-dooper photographer
- My fine art prints printer, Andrew Turnball, for his amazing attention to detail
- My old science teacher who inspired me to pursue a career in Botany - Chris Watson, who also came
- Sarah, the closest thing I have to a sister who bravely travelled all the way up to see me despite being on crutches
- My fairy God Mother, Sue Freed, who taught me everything about retail
- Henry's amazing family who all came to London - thanks Barbara, John, Morag, Wid, Sheila, Duncan & Cat!
- My incredible friends Severina, Sasha, Tasha, Tam, Alex, Tim, Nikki and Dave who all came to join in with the fun
- Julia and Lynn from Kew who emailed everyone about the event and came along to watch.
- The other pop-up artists, including Julia who kindly pointed out my skirt was tucked in my knickers!
- The medallists on the other side of the hedge who are an inspiration to us all
- And all you lovely readers for all of your encouragement.