Where Did April Go?
Yep, no updates in April, mainly because I've been doing more decorating than painting. Well, I say that, but there was also the week spent at Boxpark with the Wildewoods show. I anticipate decorating to last until mid June, in between my Sprout and Woodfield shows. The Sprout show is only two weeks away and there's still prep to do for that. Luckily the daylight means I'm awake at 5.30!
Dabbling With Shopify Again
I've been unable to get any painting done this week as the contents of the kitchen are in the studio while it is refitted. So, I've been toying with going back to Shopify again after two or three years with Etsy. I don't do a lot of online sales but I want to introduce a monthly limited edition print feature to dropship on a certain day and the Shopify starter plan looks to do the trick. It hasn't been without its headaches though, getting various applications to synch up, hitting an option I shouldn't have done and getting myself onto the basic plan unnecessarily. But I think I have it under control now. There are four old prints on there at the moment, that I have used for setting up purposes. My Etsy store is still live until late June and I need to actually create the limited edition prints that I intend to sell but here is the link to the page where it will all happen eventually. Steve Wilde Abstracts
A week from now Martyn Woods and I will be setting up shop at Boxpark, Shoreditch for out inaugral gallery pop-up. Initially showing just our own work it is hoped that we will continue to grow a roster of artists and pop-up in various places in and around London. You will find us at Unit 15 on Bethnal Green Road. We open the doors at 11:00am on Tuesday 4th April and there will be drinks to celebrate from 5:00pm on Wednesday 5th. We now have a website live and an Instagram account.
Over a month without an update! How did that happen. Probably because I have been painting and there have been lots of of domestic things to deal with: Electricians, refits and decorating plans.. My Boxpark pop-up with Martyn Woods is just over two weeks away and I have 15 paintings for that on the go and three more to start on. They are all loosely based around a grid derived from doors of a shipping container. Boxpark is called that after the nickname for shipping ports and is constructed out of repurposed shipping containers. So it seemed kind of fitting to use them as a theme. The one above is one of 10 6" cradled wood panels [50mm deep] that can be displayed stacked in a shipping container stylee or just hung alone in a more traditional way. I also have four 12" panels and two each of 16" and 20" sizes . I may well take some other work too, after we are open. The black and white chevrons are a nod to Boxpark's branding. Anyway, can't stop... There's a deadline looming and there's plenty of shop admin to do as well as the painting.
RA Summer Exhibition
I'm trying again this year, but only one entry this time around. After faffing around trying to come up with something that evoked Spring and [only] connecting with nature I decided that I wouldn't try to make something that fitted the brief but then didn't look like it was my work, so I have entered Never The Twain. I thought I had sold it a week ago; but I didn't hear back, so, I've taken that as a sign that it was so I could make it my entry for this year. I think I've managed a better photograph of this one than I have in previous years entries. I'll find out on March 22nd.
Not For Sale, Camberwell, May - June
Liminal Life, [Solo Show], Sprout Arts, SW16, May 23rd - June 3rd
Solo Show, Woodfield Pavilion, SW16, June 29th -July 17th