I joined an Art club a few months ago and I love it. Two solid hours to paint, draw and doodle with no distractions. Bliss.
It's also the only place I don't feel old. All the other club members have a few decades on me and the talk is mostly of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and doctor's appointments. They know my husband's in Afghanistan, and look out for me in a gentle, protective way. I like being the young one.
So at the last class I was trying out some new oil pastels and half listening to the head of the club who was chatting away, when the thing she was waving around caught my eye. Then I heard the word 'EXHIBITION'...
She had my full attention.
Turns out my Art club is holding an exhibition for nine days during Herefordshire Art week in september, when real, proper, professional artists show off their work around the county. This is exciting and totally terrifying. I paint because I enjoy it, I've never for a minute thought about exhibiting. Still, wouldn't it be a buzz..?
But I'm getting way a head of myself, because as it stands, I don't have any pictures. Not a single one. I tend to experiment during the session so nothing ever gets finished. The others all have time on their hands at home, and lots and lots of paintings.
I need eight.
So my plan is to keep it simple. I found this book and hope desperately that it might help (I like the style and there's not so much detail....)
Luckily I'm also an unswerving optimist.
Back to the exhibition chat, and it was getting serious: the talk had turned to publicity, rotas and refreshments. The mood changed.
NO ONE could agree how much to charge for cake.
Should a cup of tea be included in the price? Should a flapjack cost the same as a biscuit or a small bun? Then someone lobbed scones into the debate.....I saw a look of despair in the club leader's eyes: things were getting complicated.
Not quite as complicated as the discussion about how much to charge for out paintings. Yes, people can actually buy them. That's still sinking in.
I mean, how do you work out a price? I feel embarrassed thinking about it.
Quite a few of the members have exhibited before. The general feeling was you needed to get back the cost of your frame + a bit. But how much is a bit? I never really got an answer for that. My 'bit' is going to be very small.