Thursday, November 29, 2012
My current priority is to look after myself and seek happy things! So apologies if my dotting does not occur for a while...when I'm feeling better, I'll be back at it!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Galleries, shops, tourist information centre and theatrical companies have had the pleasure of my presence, and in the case of the theatrical company and the Information Centre, I've been on the receiving end of some much needed wages!
the most surprising was The tourist Information Centre who having had a stock of my prints for a few years, came to my attention when a friend saw my work in their window. to cut a long story short I discovered they had sold a good amount of the prints and a nice sum of money was awaiting me. shame they'd never managed to inform me! Still...I have it now!
I've had a birthday...I've had health issues (seeing doctor about those)...and I've discovered that my life is very different than I had originally thought...( good and bad!).
I've taken to enjoying walks in the park..(see above photo)...I love sitting watching the trees...the seagulls ( perhaps that should be Land Gulls?) I'm still running, though I've decided not to push myself to achieve the half marathon I'd planned to do at the end of this month.
Wish i could tell you more...not dotted very much since last week...I need to...I will do....
Bye for now.
Posted by Niall young at 20:13
Friday, November 16, 2012
So long for now :)
Thursday, November 15, 2012
But in the last 18 months, I've lost weight...become a long distance runner and once again found the desire and the necessity to re-engage the gears for forward motion...( as opposed to standing...or sitting still!) ...the result being that it is true, body and mind are intrinsically related, and neglect of one over the other is bound to cause an imbalance...a dysfunction.
Having established the first tentative steps in selling my work once again, acquiring the abillity to mount and present my work thus saving lots of money I would otherwise have spent at the framers. I have now gone back on the trail to promote myself to Art dealers and Galleries.
today I loaded a bag and a portfolio with prints and a few original pieces and headed down into my own town to find places who would want to sell my work. I visited a Studio that once was a centre for contemporary art only to find the owner had retired some time ago. next I went to visit a fine art gallery and dealer I knew...only to find out they'd closed 3 years ago due to the downturn. The shop that opened in it's place however was now a gift shop and cafe. I spread my incredibly strange pictures on the cafe floor for the owner to see...she loved them but I need to speak to her sister who was the manager. I'd need to come back in an hour or so.
So I took myself off to 'Whitewall' a fine art dealer in the local Westfield mall. Whitewall is a chain of Art outlets specialising in British and European established and upcoming artists. the staff there loved my work and were impressed. But of course I'd have to apply to head office in Litchfield presenting them with jpegs and a resume. (this I did when I eventually got home!)
Next I had to 'waste' some time before returning to the gift shop after midday. I sat in the city's market place and unwrapped a small greaseproof paper parcel of digestive biscuits I'd brought from home and drank from a sports bottle of orange squash. A quizzical pigeon looked me over...hoping for a spare crumb. noticing the Quad Art Centre nearby. I popped in and sat in front of a video installation called 'Semiconductor' which was a 9 minute black and white film of flares on the surface of the sun ( must have been filmed in the 70's! ;) After seeing more wonderful installations and a giant swinging light bulb...I left.
I called in at the local Tourist Information who I noticed still had three of my prints boldly displayed in their window. Remembering that I'd left them for sale or return in 2008. In fact, I'd left quite a stack if I remember rightly! "I like these pictures" I said to the staff...but remarked on the fact that they'd been reduced in price." Aren't they selling very well?" I asked. I was surprised to hear them tell me that they'd once had quite few prints but they'd all been bought! Needless to say I've arranged to meet the manager and claim my earnings back!!!
I next found myself at the gift shop 'Mad Hares' where the manager showed interest in my small Derby Arboretum prints. I left a sample with her at her request and agreed to meet next week to discuss a possible deal for her to stock and sell them!
Next stop was the city museum...I'd exhibited there last in 1987! A new local artist's gallery/shop has opened...Sadly the manager was away today ...but I have her number and I'll be seeing her!
Quite a day you'll agree? I felt tired..achy from carrying all my stuff around but in a way elated and full of satisfaction that I'd taken a step towards doing what I should have done a long time ago. That and the exhibitions I've lined up next year..the appointment with a fine Art dealer/Gallery later this month and my Face book page sales have brought a renewed sense of purpose and positivity to me.
Today was a good day!
Posted by Niall young at 20:57
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A challenging time for me at the moment. My new Face book page has been running for a couple of weeks featuring an ever growing display or mounted prints which are for sale. So far I've had three customers which is (to me) very humbling and quite moving. Two of the prints were dispatched today to America..the very act of going to the post office , selecting the correct packaging , addressing and then handing them to the Post master felt as if I was setting out on a new journey. Silly I know, because the journey began a while ago...
I have book a couple of weeks exhibition space next year and I'm attempting to arrange a visit to a Gallery here in Derbyshire well known for it's exhibitions of nationally and internationally renowned artists. I really, really need to make some money, we all know that things are difficult for many people and families right now...and mine is no exception. It's time I pulled my finger out and got working!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 09, 2012
Posted by Niall young at 20:54
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I spent the day on the red here, building up layers of red and yellow...The butterfly turned out OK...I'm going to have to get used to them because there will be a lot of 'em!...I think I'll have to throw in a few bees and wasps, also some crows!
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Today I've worked on the basic layer of red for the waistcoat. I next need to add in yellow ochre and blue/green for the shading.
Monday, November 05, 2012
An incredibly beautiful start to the day...the sun was shining bright setting the Autumnal colours ablaze. So I began my day with my regular 5 mile run. It's amazing how much more friendly people are when the sun shines! The highlight for me was running through a local park and seeing an elderly couple out with a small child...the man who I assume was the grandfather, was gathering fallen leaves into a pile before throwing them into the air to fall all about the small child who appeared rapturous with delight!
Here's a photo of work in progress this afternoon...here I've begun adding yellow and blue to the face with the beginnings of red on the waistcoat. It's odd having to think in colour again after so long...
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Friday, November 02, 2012
The meaning behind the subject matter is fairly straight forward this time. I've been at a few cross roads recently regarding my personal and professional life...I do have various pathways which I could choose...it's all rather confusing sometimes...but there is time to stand and stare..the appreciate the view and wonder at the magnificence that which is laid before me...More on that front another time!