Arts Weeks 2014 the summary
whew! what a funny old time it was, footfall was slow; the first week was good for sales but in the most part people were not engaging. And I often saw that all too familiar ‘caught in the headlights’ look that I often get from people who are not familiar with and ‘don’t understand’ abstract art. So much so that I put a sign on the stairway pointing to ‘Venue 100 ashar abstract artist’ this did the trick; and bought me into the second week and people who engaged with me and the art – but no sales!
so all in all it was quite an experience and I did learn from it, should I do it again! this is always questionable, but I probably will as sales were not bad and I cannot complain; if the second week had been as productive sales wise as the first it would have been great.
What did I learn:- to be more selective with my opening times, I will certainly change them next time, I will not waste money on advertisements in the wrong publications, and try to target my audience better.
doodling and experimenting
I prepped up three pieces of work to use as experiments throughout ‘arts weeks’ but found it very distracting and not as easy to do as I had thought. However I did finish one piece that is now on the website and for sale.
But mostly I spent my time whilst waiting for visitors just doodling and playing around in my sketchbooks from photos taken on Dartmoor
related posts ‘doodling on paper’ and ‘doodling again’
so there you have it Somerset Arts Weeks Open Studio 2014 is now over and I have managed to take a few days off to recoup. This week is pretty full up; but I should be back painting on the 18th – watch this space….
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