1. Sometimes you just need to decide to do something rather than wait for someone else to give you permission.
2. Once I’d decided to do the exhibition I had to break everything down into small steps.
I used a method inspired by Ariane Goodwin of the Smartist Telesummit. She advises mapping a time line in reverse , starting with the event itself. Using a lot of sheets of paper taped together and a huge amount of different coloured post-it notes I plotted each task that needed to be done and allocated a particular time for each to be completed by.
Although it took quite a long time to get all the tasks down on paper, it definitely made things easier because there was no worrying about whether I had overlooked some essential task. Completed tasks got a silver star – I suppose that part isn’t entirely necessary !
3. Everything takes longer than you think it will (or should).
4.Some of the things that took large chunks of time and energy beforehand were not necessarily the things that brought the biggest results. Unfortunately it is hard to work out which things these are beforehand. I console myself with the fact that this exhibition was a huge learning curve and a lot of the tasks would be dealt with much more speedily in future.
5. It is much easier to blog every day than once a week. ( Apart from the time factor)
6 Artists can be reluctant to come out of their studio and show their work to the world- for a whole variety of reasons. I am one of them which is why “Reveal” was my “word of the year” last year – but there are definite benefits in doing so.
An artist friend who said she was never very interested in showing her work was given an alternative view today by someone who told her that seeing people’s enjoyment of her work would enhance her own enjoyment as an artist. Also, along the lines of my previous post on encouragement, you never know who you might be encouraging by exhibiting.
7. I was also reminded to celebrate the completed exhibition before diving straight into the next project. The automatic tendency for many is to brush aside any completed event or project and move straight on to the next thing – but a little reflection and celebration can round off the whole process.