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Second Art Exhibition

I’m delighted that I’m all set up for this group exhibition at The Gage Gallery in Sheffield.

My exhibited work has not been displayed publicly to date, the work has been created in the past twelve weeks and includes Acrylic Paintings, Lino prints, Sewn Artworks, Fabrics, Ceramics and my new Oil Painting. The work has been created since my first solo exhibition was hung at Airy Fairy in Sheffield. Watch the Virtual Exhibition Video here.

Entitled Inspire the work is influenced by artists including Piet Mondrian, Mark Rothko, Kenny Scharf, Jeff Koons, Frida Kahlo, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Antoni Gaudi and the art of Ancient Egypt. These artists, cross referenced with research into how different colours benefit the body in different ways, and study of Alain de Botton’s Art as Therapy perceived functions of art (Phaidon, London, 2015), culminate in this body of work.

Inspiration is about going on, moving forwards, continuing, venturing, resilience despite setbacks and challenges in life.

I have explored how light, colour and energy can be represented using different mediums in the hope of creating art to uplift and inspire.

By shedding light and colour energy into people’s lives hopefully a ripple of positivity can counter some of the darkness of modern society and the media.

Full details are in the images.

Come along for a colour hug.

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This Week – Newsletter

This week the Inspire by Kim exhibition ended, but the good news is that I now have artworks for sale in the shop at Airy Fairy

Inspire by Kim Artworks for Sale
Originals, canvases and framed prints are in the main shop area. 


I was pleased to announce that The Little Bean Bag  Cafe & Cake Emporium is displaying two prints of my paper cut pictures for sale. 

Tracey and Louise at Thr Little Bean Bag

Had a visit from The Small Print Company and tried typesetting and printing old style.

Worked on a new creative on two canvases in acrylic and oil paints. More on that later. 

Life drawing – I drew a male model for the first time. 


Now I’ll be reflecting on my exhibition,  reading the lovely comments from my exhibition visitors and continuing my current project. 


See my updates at my Facebook page

Thanks for stopping by. There’s lots of art to try here, and inspiration for your practice. I’d love to hear if I’ve inspired you. It’s not always easy to comment on WordPress, so feel free to comment through my Facebook page. 

First Birthday and Art Exhibition Evening

Inspire by Kim is  now one year old. it has been a heck of a first year and culminated in my exhibition launch evening last Thursday. Friends, family and art buddies came together to see my artworks including oil paintings, Collograph, Lino prints, digital and paper cut pictures.

 

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My exhibition lasts for the month of April at the Airy Fairy Cafe and Gift Shop. I feel blessed to be holding this exhibition and accomplishing this big step with my art.‪

For me it’s about reaching out to inspire people, to add a splash colour and energy to counter some of the darkness of the news media and world events, to brighten and hopefully uplift someone’s day. To raise a smile, to evoke a positive feeling. To spark a memory, spread a little nostalgia which could become seeds of hope. To reach hearts and minds with possibility of a better world, one artwork, one day at a time.

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Not everyone will like what I do, but if it makes someone feel a little brighter then who knows where a small ripple could lead. This is why I create and share.

Here are some images from the Exhibition launch evening.

Prior to the exhibition the highlights of the past 12 months were:

Art Challenge 33 – My First Art Commission!

Art Challenge 34 – Football Fan Artwork

Self Portrait – Number 52 – the FINAL art challenge

The Hardest Year, 2015, Ends – Art Reflection 

I wonder what the next 12 months will bring, exciting times.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you would like to see more you can see my creations during my 52 art challenges, watch art movies or find some inspiration for a creative project.

Enjoy. Kim 😊

 

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First Art Exhibition ‘How To’ – My Learnings Shared

Later today I am opening my first art exhibition so here is the post I would have liked to have read before I started out. Here’s what I have learned so far and what I wish I had known.

1. Create in standard proportions

Do this right from the start. This will make it easier when framing,  reproducing and packaging your artwork and prints. Otherwise you’ll have to lose some of your image, have white space or have to use more expensive customised fittings.

When creating something  that you may wish to reproduce on canvas have enough space around the main subject (s) to wrap around a canvas frame, this means that you needn’t lose any of the work and will avoid time spent stretching or mirroring the image to make it cover the frame.

2. Learn how to scan, stitch scans together and colour match/adjust.

Find someone to teach you, this will save time, money and give you more control.

3. Be open to opportunities

In July 2015 I hobbled painfully on my recovering leg on a journey I had planned since the previous December. Whilst skating in the Christmas Show at Ice Sheffield Anwen, owner of Cafe and Gift Shop Airy Fairy, had seen my art on a cosmetic bag and suggested I visit her shop to discuss options for displaying my work.

Major knee injury just days after first speaking to Anwen had delayed my visit to her shop; but on meeting Anwen we discussed my work and she offered a five week exhibition in the cafe.

As my art is bright and sunny so I felt that it suited the month of April, so we scheduled the exhibition. I had seized the opportunity that arose through the chance encounter. I knew I would learn a great deal through the preparation process and would be able to show my art to a wider audience.

4. Measure and photograph the exhibition space

Don’t be shy about getting a measure of the exhibition space. Measure the space, take photographs.

Decide roughly how you will exhibit in the space and then curate from your art. I had lots of doubts, “do I have too many pieces” or “too few”. A scale drawing of the space would have enabled me to visualise the exhibition better, sooner and saved me time on the long run. Ask for a floor plan, your venue may have one.

Visit the venue to see how other artists have worked in the space and consider what works and what you might like to do.

5. Edit your collection

Deciding what to include is difficult, I thought about what would be popular, what would people like, what would suit the customer base. What I should have thought from the start was – which artworks do I like best, which show my skill/ability and are my greatest accomplishments. Those are the pieces to include. I came to under stand that we cannot control other people’s interpretations or how they will respond, not everyone will like everything as art is very individual.

6. Ask for supplier recommendations

I wanted to do as much as the process myself, so that I cold maximise the learning and my understanding of what goes into producing canvases and prints. I learned a about paper stock, print colours, calibration, image resolution, file format, scanning, canvas quality, canvas frames, hanging fittings, fishing wire, labelling, packaging, copyrighting and my nemesis… pricing.

7. Research and Read

I referred to Lisa Congdon’s Art Inc, Kelly Rae-Roberts Flying Lessons and Lila Rogers Make Art That Sells throughout the process. If anything I wish that I could have had a knowing artist buddy by my side who had been through a similar process.

8. Log all component costs into a spreadsheet as you go

Log all the artwork components and packaging elements so that you have your cost prices per artwork calculated well enough in advance.  Pricing is challenging, so the baseline cost price is important.

9. Have someone to bounce off

A friend that can give a second opinion and to help you set up the show will calm your doubts and make it more fun.

10. Enjoy the process – stay creative

An exhibition is very personal and is you showing the fruits of your creativity and hard work. I found that when I wasn’t enjoying the preparation process it was because I wasn’t being creative enough. I learned to stop and think of a more creative approach which enabled me to be the artist, to be innovative unique and original. I also liked it when things were more personal and quirky. Our printer decided not to print anything in black ink just days before the event, but I have to say that I am pleased with the results and glad that it challenged me to find other ways and colours to express in.

11. Accept that there will be admin tasks

Spreadsheets, contracts, insurance documents, inventories, price lists, advertising, press releases, invitations, briefing notes. It’s all part of the process, it can be fun when you find a creative approach and know that this is to celebrate your work and give the art the chance to breathe and be seen beyond your home or studio.

12. Don’t over complicate, don’t stress

This is art, it’s not definitive. Focus on showing the best you can, what happens from there is out of your control.

13. Appreciate your followers  

Their belief and support is infinitely valuable, remember that when feeling doubtful or confused.

14. Keep going and believe in yourself. 

If it is, like me, your first exhibition this is totally new and so it will be challenging but keep going and believe in yourself, who knows where it will lead. There will be set backs, just now I’m waiting to pack the artworks into the car but I can get through the hall as there is a man working on our broken boiler. Hopefully the boiler breaking is the only setback today. Lastly, celebrate how far you have come and be open-minded about the future.

My art exhibition runs for the next five weeks until 2nd May at Airy Fairy, London Road, Sheffield. The exhibition comes after a journey into art, see the blog posts about the 52 Art Challenges that I completed on the way.

 

Spread your wings and fly!

 

Emerging From Injury To Produce Art Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE:

22nd March 2016 – In January 2015 Kim suffered acute knee injury requiring major surgery and thus began two years of rehabilitation. The injury forced Kim to forego sport, and her successful public relations career, and instead she began to explore a passion for art. 13 months on Kim is to hold a month long debut exhibition in Sheffield.

After a literally ‘top flight’ career in travel industry public relations, including running the press office for Thomson Travel Group, Kim swopped words for pictures to become a mixed media artist. Kim’s works of art will be exhibited under the brand of Inspire by Kim from 29th March to 2nd May Airy Fairy Cafe and Gift Shop on London Road, Sheffield.

Kim said, “I am delighted, and still pinching myself, to be holding this exhibition of my art. In the past year art has been my distraction, a pain reliever, one of the few things I could do despite my injury. I’ve found comfort creating bright artworks and although I’ve not been able to go far I’ve loved exploring through art, using traditional media and digital, from 2D through to animation.”

Anwen Fryer-Burrows, of Airy Fairy, commented, “I have seen the development of Kim’s art since we met in December 2014 and have been impressed by the body of work and different styles she has developed. It feels a pleasure to host her first exhibition.”

Kim said, “Art has been the good that came out of the injury and I’m thankful for the inspiration that colours and creating have given me. I hope that my art will now inspire others in whatever is meaningful for them.”

The exhibition runs from 29th March to 2nd May. Visitors can enjoy refreshments or lunch as they browse the exhibition.

Airy Fairy Cafe & Gift Shop produces and sells local arts, crafts and jewellery as well as stocking crystals, magikal supplies, candles, aromatherapy oils, spiritual books as well as fair trade gifts from around the world.

To see more of Kim’s work visit, including 52 Art Challenges completed on the journey to becoming an artist, visit her website at www.inspirebykim.com or Facebook page.

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For further information contact: inspirebykim@outlook.com