It's been a funny old day.
Starting with a telephone call from an old [previous] customer complaining that he hadn't received an invitation to the exhibition.
Considering the fact that I knew he was a collector of Amanda Popham, I checked our mailing list.
With nearly a thousand invitations going out I still couldn't believe that he had been left out,
as I was aware of his interest in her work.
Checking addresses I found that he hadn't been left out.
Or at least, I had sent the invitation but it never arrived, something that worries me as I don't subscribe to email invitations, I feel it is so much nicer to have something in your hand, something that is a physical "memento" of the event, and when I go to the post office with boxes full of envelopes I sometimes think " I hope they get there".
The only reason for thinking this is that as I put them in a sack I often think
"I'm glad I don't have to carry that".
Whatever, I'm sure that it is one of lives little "glitches", but it was upsetting when I felt that I
had sent invitations to everyone who had ever expressed an interest, but someone had been let down
So with a poor start to the day I then went on to check if anyone new was looking at the blog.
It's amazing how even with the worst of days a little ego boost works wonders.
"What a delight", I had my 70th follower and it is someone I have admired for a long time.
Someone I have often thought of approaching but had always thought was too busy or important to look at a mail from me.
OK, so someone is looking at my blog, "big deal", but it is someone I have been watching and admired for a long while.
Well that cheered my morning up.
After that it was just a friendly day, by that I mean that all of the right sort of people came in.
Not necessarily buyers, but interested people.
It gave me a lot of pleasure to spend time talking about the many things that I love here.
It is hard to describe the "second hand" pleasure that can be derived from the enjoyment that someone else finds in the different art that you are showing.
When someone 'connects' and sees what is being shown it is a real pleasure.
In between talking about the art [which is my biggest hobby] I tried to make a start with getting various things underway to help out Irene and Sam [my son] with the start up of their new gallery.
Playing around with pictures.
I can't think of a nicer way to spend my time, and because it was necessary I had to make a start. So after many variations and "much" playing around I came up with a few business card
designs for them.
I feel guilty already.
I can imagine them thinking "is that all you have done to help".
"Yep, but I enjoyed it".
I'm sure all the simple things like legal papers, insurance, electricity supply, lighting, displays,
signs, telephones, web site, etc,etc, they can sort out themselves.
At least I have helped with the important things, mind you I could do with a few more details
before I get "my" important work done.
Joking aside, it is very important and I do promise to help out.
So here are a few "trial" designs for what will be their business cards.