Finally, we got round to putting up our Open House banner and bunting!

Well it’s been a frantic week since my last post but, I’m delighted to report, also an enjoyable and, dare I say, a successful one! The Park Gate Collective had a small and informal private view on Friday evening, to which I didn’t actually invite anyone! Here’s a picture of the calm before the (relative) storm – a moment of tranquillity when everything that had to be done was done, but before anyone had arrived. I just love the light that floods into the flats at the end of the day!

All set up and ready to receive our first visitors!

As the show is in someone else’s flat and space is limited, I didn’t think it appropriate to spread the word to my friends. There was, however, a good many neighbours and friends of the other exhibitors that came along. Enough to create a pleasant atmosphere without it feeling uncomfortable or crowded. It was to my great surprise then that I sold five of my paintings that night. Here are the five that are already winging their way to new homes:

I still feel honoured and humbled every time someone buys one of my paintings and to sell five on the opening night was beyond all of my expectations.

Amidst all of the frenzied activity and heated excitement over the weekend, it was a great comfort and sanctuary to also manage to squeeze in a little painting time too.

This is another Barcelona street view, similar to some that I’ve done before but different in scale. My previous versions of this view have all been half sheet paintings but I was keen to try to replicate this as a quarter sheet:

Watercolour painting of a Barcelona street scene by John Haywood
Barcelona street scene

I was quite pleased with this (in fact it’s already mounted and wrapped ready to pop in a browser for this weekend!) but the main thing for me was the time spent at the easel just painting.

I’ll be ‘on duty’ quite a bit this coming weekend: all day on Saturday and from 11am – 2pm on Sunday. It would be lovely to meet any readers of this blog should any of you be in the vicinity. I’m also hoping to make the most of my time by trying to get a painting or two done as well (so I’m hoping that anyone that does visit won’t object to me muttering to myself as I try to coach myself through any awkward watercolour moments!)

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13 thoughts on “Artists Open Houses exhibition

    1. Hi Graham and thanks for this. I should probably put more effort into selling than I do but it’s nice to see the sales going up year on year!

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    1. Hi Evelyn and thanks for this, I really appreciate it and yes, it was a surprisingly successful opening! My fingers are firmly crossed that this weekend will also bring some more interest. If nothing else, I’m expecting quite a few friends to visit this weekend so I’m pretty much assured of a nice time!

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    1. Haha Margaret, I quite understand and of course you’re excused for not being able to make it! I’m ‘on duty’ quite a lot this weekend and, I must confess, I’m looking forward to it – fingers crossed that I have some more good news next week!

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