I’ve had an eventful week with the Clifton Arts Club. It was curious to be a bystander at the selection panel, and as a handler presenting each piece would try to predict how each would fare before the Academicians. With so many submissions it was an exhausting day for all concerned! Fortunately I managed to be out of earshot when most of my own pieces were being examined, but it was quite nerve-racking nonetheless, especially when I saw ‘Soap’ in the “Prize Pen”.
It was nice to see @IanPriceArt win the main event. We met last year at the Discerning Eye when both of us were delighted to have sold a work each at the preview. We subsequently discovered we were both living around Bristol, and had friends in common too – a small world indeed.
The hanging was a mix of technical challenges, which I’m familiar with, but I was paired with the practical and amiable ex-lighthouse keeper #BarryHawkins (lighthouseart.co.uk) who does beautiful little oils, so the time passed quickly. Spent a fair bit of time gazing into the stunning surroundings.
There was a great buzz at the Private View, and I was so grateful for the kind comments from members and supportive friends. Fortunately I was only obliged to succumb to the spotlight briefly; as a species, painters prefer to be the observer, not the observed..