On the 12th December I inaugurated a show of my work here in Lleida. It took about 6 months to put together and was a huge learning curve and a lot of fun. I called it ‘Dragonfly’ after trying to come up with some suitable ways of describing or insinuating my process I decided to name the show after one of the pieces in the show and also an image that stuck in my mind whilst painting; some bright red dragonflies hovering over a brown pond. I thought this was quite pertinent as many of the pieces for the show were in inspired by walks in the countryside and by the things I saw. Not quite observations from nature but possibly experiences of it. Here are some photos:
Since the show I have worried that I probably wasn’t really ready to do a show, however, apart from the fact that I will probably never be ready or maybe I have always been ready, it was a great learning experience. I learnt a lot about painting by solidly making for this amount of time and then of course dealing with the curating side, designing posters and flyers, deciding to sign and title everything to add value. There were a lot of nerves of presenting myself and my work to the public and the local art world, giving a little heartfelt speech about being able to do the show rather than about the work. I feel like the whole experience has caused me to face a lot of fears and grow in the process.