Wow, I have to admit even I was surprised to find my last blog was just over 2 years old! As you can probably guess spending time hunched over a hot laptop is not my idea of fun, that coupled with an amazing year for my art has mean this blog has been sorely neglected.
Last July I finally got my act together enough to entry Open Studios which is a part of Frome's Annual Festival. I was stepping into the complete unknown as I opened up not only my studio but the whole downstairs, which had been filled with my paintings. Well the response was far and away beyond my wildest dreams with a massive 30 paintings sold and a 100 visitors.
2016 found me painting 7 days a week as I tried to produce enough work for the event this year. Once again my apprehension was unfounded as I saw numbers increase to 170 visitors and 27 paintings sold.
Encouraged by the response I decided to enter the Mall Galleries open exhibition for Marine artists. I was thrilled to find that my painting Waves (found on page 4 of this site)
has been accepted. Woooo Hoooo.
I realise that my blogging is to say the least sporadic, however I am better with my Alex Howell Art Page on Facebook, so if you would like to visit it an like it you will be keep more up to date. Ax
When to stop???
Every painting has it's own journey, there are the ones that seem to paint themselves, and there are the others......!!!
I started on Fish nearly 2 years ago, everything seemed to go well, and then I started to fiddle!!! The original was on my website and by the time I had an inquiry about it from America....it was too late!!! I had decided it was in need of more work, everything went horribly wrong, and, the more I worked on it the worst it got.
Eventually I had to but it to one side for a long time. In fact I am amazed it escaped the bin!!! But I do hate to give up on a painting, unless I really have to.
Fast forward to a month ago, whilst sorting out my studio I can across, the said sad 'Fish'
Ok, It had to be worth one more go!!!
I'm not saying it finished,......but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I posted it on my Alex Howell Art Facebook page and was surprised by the positive response. I was asked how one knew when to stop? Wow, that is the million dollar question. Often, you only know the stop point, when you have passed it!!!! But I personally think it is better to go too far, than to stop short of where you should be.
Well ( as a famous rabbit often said) that's all folks!!!!
oops here is Fish/Pond today
For too long I have looked at the empty blog page on my website.....what was I waiting for?.....did I think the fairies were going to come out one night armed with witty and pithy comments, intelligent art related insights.....well maybe I was, but it ain't going to happen. So here I am, not armed with anything more than a determination to start this website blog.
I had been contemplating a new website for a while and when alexhowellart.com became available I decided to go for it.
Most of the construction hard work was performed by the very patient and talented Andrew Howell and I got to do the twiddle bits.
Last week saw me and my paintings at the Black Swan Art Car Boot, which is part of the famous and fabulous Frome Festival, it was a good day dispite the wind (the market traders foe )
Lots of people were there and they were most kind and generous with their comments.
Going forward, I have decided to look into exhibiting my work, so will be checking out some venues in the next few weeks.
Well this was only a quick note to get me started, the funny thing is, I called this 'it's not going to write itself!!! But when I came to start typing I noticed a microphone symbol......no it couldn't be?......could it? Oh yes it could, press the symbol, speak, press done and see your words appear before you......wow! Did I use this feature..........no, but maybe next time.
Finally, finally if you have come across from Alex Howell art .co.uk where you read my sporadic blog.....well done and welcome, you know what I'm going to say I will try to update my blog more often, and you know I really mean it.....but will I?