As Sam Pepys probably never said. And so starts another belated blog entry, why do I always seem to start with an apology? This time I have an excuse, well several actually as I've been trying to get this written for the past week but have, thus far, been thwarted at every turn. Firstly by the router going 'phut' (although not in so many words, it was more sort of, 'nah, I can't be arsed') so a big thanks to Thompson and BT, possibly the worse proprietary hardware & ISP combination in the country. That's the second of their much vaunted 'home hubs' that have gone down on me (and not in a good way) in four years (both just as they're out of warranty). And yet another thank you to BT whose broadband service has been somewhat intermittent all summer (and don't tell me every teenager in the village is using all the bandwidth to download porn all day, they can do that in term time too you know!). Other circumstances beyond my control include a cat needing an operation, visiting in-laws and an innate talent for procrastination that I don't seem to be able to do much about (I keep meaning to, but you know how it is?).
So Tavistock Artists Market was fun (which I somehow wasn't expecting, don't know why), there were plenty of visitors in spite of the morning rain and I made a number of new contacts and met several people I'd only spoken to on the phone. Did I sell anything? erm, no, not a sausage but I did a roaring trade in business cards so next time who knows? I was fortunate to be on a stall next to Nikki Harwood aka The Cow Lady http://www.thecowlady.co.uk/ who has a wealth of experience at these kind of events and who had a good selling day, which was enough encouragement in itself for me to book a pitch for the next market on September 17th. Just across the way was Ian Heard who owns and runs Faraway Island http://www.farawayislands.com/ a bespoke scanning and giclee printing service and who is one the few marine and maritime artists whose work I actually like (no, I'm just saying that). So, lessons learned for next time, there will be lights, there will be bigger, more obvious labels, there will be a bloody great sign saying 'ORIGINAL PAINTINGS' for all those people who walked right up close and asked 'are these photographs?' and I will come out of my shell earlier and make an effort to talk to even more people. See you then.
And finally, another reminder that British Art Show 7 opens in Plymouth in less than three weeks http://www.britishartshow.co.uk/ and here's the site for Fringe events http://fringe.gotanyrice.com/ and the public Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/plymouthfringe. There's also still time to get involved in the BAS 7/Americas Cup Art Boot fair http://artsmatrix.plymouthart.ac.uk/index.php?q=node/449 deadline for submissions has been extended to Sept 5th. Think that'll do for now, picture of thepicturepalace emporium below.
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.