Last weekend I was lucky enough to take part in the first 'Cornwall Art Fair'.
The event was created by Matt Pooley, who had the idea of inviting artists in Cornwall to exhibit over a weekend to provide a platform for more exposure and networking.
For me, St. Ives was where my dream of being an artist all began, on school trips to The Tate and The Barbara Hepworth Museum, sketching the sea of cottage rooftops, and exploring the maze of cobbled streets. It is a magic place for me, somewhere I feel so connected to.
I went on to watch tourists get frequently attacked by sea gulls during long summer shifts in a gallery on the sea front for many years too! (but that's another story)
To load up my car with paintings and make the long drive to the opposite coastline felt like dipping my toe into a world which I have admired for such a long time.
When I think of 'an artist' the image my mind creates is a strong, elegant figure, who glides into the room with grace and authority, probably wearing a long black dress, red lipstick...perhaps she even makes everyone feel slightly intimidated with her knowledge and paints huge, bold pieces about something conceptual and serious.
I cannot see myself matching any of those traits and therefore going to an event specifically for artists did actually feel on the edge of my comfort zone :)
It was a pleasant surprise to realise, that not all artists are intimidating and aloof, and that I was surrounded by lovely, warm people willing to share their experiences and ideas freely.
One of the most valuable things about taking part in this event for me was chatting to all the other exhibitors about their journey so far.
I learnt that each persons individual experience of success is completely different and that everyone has their doubts.
My background in illustration always makes me feel like I lack knowledge in the fine art world, so it felt like validation to feel like I 'fit in' amongst this group of people. Perhaps I am the one who actually takes it a bit too seriously really! :)
The weekend went really well, I was so delighted to receive lovely feedback from tourists, locals and gallery owners alike. My booth neighbours were amazing and shared so much information that I am now excited to go on and put into practice.
Now that I have taken part, I have lots of lovely framed work to add to my stock! Having to fill the booth certainly got me sorting through my piles of artwork and it is lovely to have some original pieces framed and ready to send off to new homes. I will be uploading new pieces in the 'Original' section on my site and also sharing via social media as and when they are listed.
Thank you to anyone who managed to stop by and say hello and purchase my work during the event. I met some really wonderful people so thanks for introducing yourselves :)
>> For more information please check over on the Cornwall Art Fair website here <<