Friday, 28 May 2010

Spring Fling 2010

There are 3 things that without fail I will cry out as it gets closer and closer to Spring Fling, the Artist's Open Studio Event in SW Scotland this weekend:

"I'm not going to have enough work finished in time!"

"What if nobody comes?"

"What if people think my work is rubbish/a joke/not worth looking at?"

This will be my 3rd year and so far, in reality, it's been a grand experience. And so far, none of the above has arisen (at least no one has been harshly critical to my face).

Most of my work is made in isolation, so it's always good to meet people who are interested in seeing what I do, and gauging reactions.

If you're in the area this weekend, do take the time to pop in and introduce yourself.

"Curve" - a sculpture in plaster, scrim and acrylic - click on the image for a larger version


carlie_star said...

i wish I was in the area would love to come to see all your work in Scotland! Will add it to my wishlist of things to do when I'm rich and famous! That was a lot of exclamation marks!!!!

Pincus Panther said...

I too, would love to come, but live in South Wales. I'm keenly awaiting news of any workshops you may do in the future.

hope said...

I'll have to wish you well from the States.

And for some reason, the piece you shared made me feel so if I was slipping into a blue ocean from the curve of the world.

Best wishes on your show!

mapstew said...

Maggie, artists will always doubt their work, be they painters, sculptors, performers (Tell me!), craftspeople or whatever your particular may be. But we keep on doing our stuff. Why? 'cos it's what we do, and we have to do what we do! :¬)


ali said...

I live in the Netherlands and I wish I could come and see all your work in person. Maybe you can show your work abroad sometime? And teach a workshop too?
I love your "curve" and every time I look at the photo I discover another detail to admire.

creativeJen said...

Came to see your work on Saturday, it's just beautiful. All us artists have doubts about our work-I know I do all the time! But if you keep going and believe in yourself-and the work, good things WILL happen :) Hope you had a brilliant Spring Fling. Jen

Anonymous said...

It is so courageous to put oneself out there! I wish I was near- this is the best I can do but I'll be there in spirit!

Scarlet Blue said...

I've been a lurking fan of your work for a while. Your work with silk is inspiring - beautiful colours.
Anyhow, just thought I'd say hello.

Eryl Shields said...

I hope it went well, Maggie, sorry I didn't make it over. I love that piece, by the way.

Mary Witzl said...

Wish we'd been in the area, Maggie! Next year with luck we'll be able to see this!ga

Maggie Ayres said...

Thank you everyone for your kind and supportive comments.

The weekend went really well, but it's taken pretty much the whole of june to start getting back to normal :)

Mimi and Tilly said...

I hope everything was hugely successful for you. Your sculpture is beautiful. I love curves. On people and in art.

I am just venturing into the world of "creating something and showing it" and can completely relate to your feelings here.

Shelley Whiting said...

Wow I love that sculpture. It's so dynamic and powerful. The textures are intriguing and exciting. Your work is raw and unique. Beautiful stuff.