Inadequacy is sometimes a function of not knowing what questions to ask, and getting answers that omit what you need to know because it is so basic to those people it didn’t cross their minds to tell you. Beginners need to know what to ask.
It’s not quite true that I’ve never done it before but, compared with a table in a village hall and a tent in a garden, actual wall space in an actual gallery room was not only a step up but also came as something of a culture shock.
There’s a big difference between unstable carboard easels at child grab height or chasing after art work knocked off its stand by a heaving tent flap, and fresh white walls with barely visible hanging devices you’ve no idea how to make use of. Who knew fishing line played such a part? Or sticky things that aren’t sticky and hold paintings flat against the wall? Those are Command (not Commando – different thing altogether!) strips. And labelling is an art form on its own.
So it was that I had to leave my paintings propped up against the skirting board in the…
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