Nude - Mitchell McIntyre

Nude - Mitchell McIntyre

Exhibitions can be a lot of fun but they can also be nerve racking. Most importantly it is a time to really be yourself and connect with people you are familiar with and those with who you are not. Putting on show works you have created over the previous months for the public to critic is an empowering feeling that can be insightful, proud and humble all at the same time.

My first exhibition was a great success as far as people showing up on the opening night however sales were low, only a few sold. But my second exhibition was completely the opposite, only a few people came to the opening night (I think it was partly because of torrential rain) but over the following weeks it ended up being a sell out show. What I’m saying is that every show is different and not worth the worry but totally worth the enjoyment and memories.

Invaluable advice of which I most bestow upon the first time exhibitor is that it’s a very good idea to write out a speech or at the least a list of the people you must thank for enabling the event to happen. I made the unforgivable mistake of forgetting to thank a sponsor but most of all forgetting to thank my partner who worked tirelessly behind the scenes for weeks prior to the event. Whatever you do/ don’t make the same mistake I did you’ll never live it down. Put them at the top of the list and get them to stand forward and take a bow,  god knows they deserve it by having to put up with an artist (i.e.; egomaniac).


What to paint???

Afternoon RestProcrastination / artist block; I find a structured environment is critical to any creative pursuit, but sometimes even that just won’t do it, take the won’t out and “just do it”. (Nike advertising 1990’s I think, my first quote and it is sports propaganda slogan). In all seriousness sit down and set out a time schedule and stick to it. Routine is a wonderful regime just so long as nobody gets hurt.

In a normal week I will spend at least three set days in the studio (you must have your own sealed space even if it is part of a spare room or garage). Monday, Wednesday and either Friday or Saturday, with minimum of four hours each time. This may not seam like a lot of time, however structured properly you’ll be surprised at the amount of quality work  you can produce, remembering we as artists are always thinking about and researching our ideas outside the studio, while inside the studio we all practice technique and master the method.

On a studio day, which family and friends know not to disrupt, I will spend from 6pm to approximately 12am working. i work best at night however you might find morning or afternoon more preferable. Stop only for refreshments; music is compulsory and the time you spend will not be waisted no matter what the outcome.

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