28 April 2009 Last minute stuff

With only a matter of 3 days left before we open our house to the public I realise that there will probably be no new painting time available.
We have to strip down the walls, stack and save our usual wall display, move the furniture, clear shelves, spring clean, frame up the exhibits, and decide where to hang what.
We have to make labels, price lists, and write emails.
Visitors often ask us what we hang on our walls for the rest of the year.
So here are some shots of the house before the changes take place.

[This is our dresser, as usual stacked with old plates, cups, and bric a brac. This will be cleared and a display of cards and small artwork takes over.]

We have already designed and commissioned frames, postcards, and other literature, which has to be collected and sorted.
Then we have to hang the new exhibition.
On top of that we will be getting the usual steady stream of orders from galleries and the website which we cannot just ignore. At the moment there are four orders for multiple prints that galleries expect to be processed and delivered pronto.
It is all very exciting, and tense.

[Over the mantle, with a collection of ceramics and sculpture, hangs a painting by Graham Smithies which came from a 'one of mine for one of yours' swap many years ago]


  1. Just come across your blog whilst looking for information on the artist Graham Smithies.

    I have an orginal canvas of his which I inherited from my parents and I was wondering if you knew anything about him as I am struggling to find out anything at all!

    Thanks, Kate

  2. Hi Kate
    Graham now lives in Brittany in France, where he enjoys the beautiful country side, French food and wine, and a bit of painting in between shooting and other country pursuits.
    I will reply directly to your email address with contact details.

  3. Hi Kate
    You will have to email me and let me know your email address.


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