Art Bunce invited me to the ‘Works on Paper’ – after I befriended him on Facebook after seeing my picture on his wall!

Wow! What a show!

It’s an art collectors show – the exhibitors are dealers, there to sell their works. This particular show, at the Royal Geographical Society, is mainly 20th Century (and 21st) British art – though there were some really interesting Japanese wood blocks there too.

I’m used to seeing exhibitions – but those put on for the public – I worked for ten years  for the company that sponsored the Royal Academy – I’m used to, and love, exhibitions like Hockney, Van Gogh, Degas, Manet – and the regular museums and art galleries showing British work like Spencer, Turner etc.

I’ve never been to a dealers show.

It was so interesting – incredibly eclectic in terms of approach and subject matter, as well as having a large supply of monotypes, lithographs, etchings, drypoint and all the ‘more unusual’ media that I’m practicing at Mary Ward Centre’s Experimental Printmaking course. The show really got my creative juices flowing.

I really enjoyed seeing the Edward Lear watercolours from Eton College collection. He is one of my favourite artists and characters, I’ve read his biographies and have many of his books. His life really inspires me.

For my birthday two weeks ago, I bought an electronic paper cutter with the money I got from my parents. It’s like a printer, connected to the computer, but it cuts rather than prints. I can’t wait to try it out on something as ambitious as this, from one the exhibitors:

There was an amazing young man, M J Forster who paints breathtaking scenes of Scottish mountains on large format watercolour. You could instantly feel the temperature and atmosphere of his landscapes, which were incredible simplistic and yet startlingly realistic. I asked him how he kept such large sheets of watercolour paper consistently wet “it’s the temperature – when you’re painting a mountain in the cold, the paper doesn’t dry out so quick”.

Freyor Mitton kindly provided Art with the tickets (pictured).

Tickets are charged at £20 for two, but next year, if Art doesn’t invite me, I’ll go through the online catalogue and ask an exhibitor for a ticket – as they seem to have them to hand out to their prospects and clients. I’m definitely going to make this an annual date.