The installation was dismantled on Monday after nine days of being open to the public. I was delighted with the response it got from those who viewed it. I took particular heart from those who took time to study it or just stood and smiled. I started to refer to it as 'The Happy Wall' given the number of smiles and nods it did get!
Sometimes it was the colours that appealed to folk, I was told they were beautiful and reminded them of the sea. Specific connections were made to sails of boats, of windmills and even kites.
The subtle patterns also evoked interest and sometimes a visitor would get up very close to inspect the surface of a painting. When the sun shone and the windows cast their magical shadows, the room really did have a wow factor.
The words calming and peaceful were also used.
All-in-all, I had a very positive time in the Degree Show and came away feeling that I had contributed something that appealed to a great many visitors.
It was with some nervousness that I received my award from ECA but chuffed to bits with a 2:1 in a BA with Honours in Painting.
I could not be happier. So, there is a bounce in my step and the smile is even bigger when folk come into the studio to see the exhibition. I love to see the smiles when people look on my wall at the triangular paintings. I have had lots of fantastic comments and enjoy the chats.
Today and tomorrow the opening hours are extended to 8 pm but I cannot be there late today as I am setting up at then 3 Harbours Arts Festival. I am looking forward to the last few days of the Degree Show, enjoying the company of my colleagues amidst such fantastic surroundings.
The arrangements for the Degree continue apace. Tomorrow is the Business Evening and I am looking forward to the buzz of that.
In addition however, preparations are afoot for this years 3HAF. I am exhibiting again at the Cockenzie Business Centre, but with Cockenzie House no longer available as a venue, Trish and I have more company. There is one overlapping weekend with the Degree Show, so I am having to rely on my colleagues to see to business at the CBC whilst I spend time at ECA.
Trish, Pat Turquand, Ann Gilmour and sculptor Enrique Arbiol and I have the use of an office suite this year in addition to the corridor. This allows for more creative and cohesive hanging I think, which is to take place next week. The benefit of having more folk at the Centre will hopefully be the attraction of more visitors. Fingers crossed.
Carol E Duff