A review of 2019

13/12/2019
It's been a very busy year!
As we head towards Christmas and the New Year, I can say with some certainty that 2019 has been one of the busiest and most productive for me.

In total I’ve led 21 watercolour classes and workshops, 6 acrylics workshops, completed 6 commissions, exhibited 3 times, spent 2 weeks on jury service (not art related, but interesting…) and led 1 painting holiday…..

Italy Painting Holiday
03 The stunning Umbrian landscape

The trip to Italy was certainly a major highlight: I’m so grateful to Seraphina and David at Arte Umbria who put their complete trust in me, having only Skype called a couple of times, and it turned out to be an amazing experience. Stunning scenery, amazing food and drink and wonderful guests made for a great week of painting, laughter and long chats relaxing on the patio. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, head on over to the Arte Umbria to find out details about my next week in Italy in June 2020.

The George Farnham Gallery Saxmundham
I’m pleased to continue selling my wildlife drawings through [bThe George Farnham Gallery in Saxmundham; Michael & Gary have been incredibly supportive over the last two years and they continue to make good sales for me. I’ll be adding new work to the gallery in the first part of 2020 so watch this space!

Tindalls Workshops
Once again I’ve been fortunate to lead acrylic palette knife workshops with Tindalls in Newmarket this year. These have been popular and I now have several people who keep coming back to try something new. Unfortunately I won’t be doing any workshops until after Easter due to health reasons but I’ll keep you up to speed via my newsletter when they are available - click here to sign up to the newsletter.

Cambridge Open Studios 2019
This year I took part in Cambridge Open Studios for the fifth year running. Unfortunately we were up against some important sporting events and a spell of bad weather which had an effect on visitor numbers and on sales. Add in the uncertainty with our economy and political situation it would seem people’s hands stayed firmly in their pockets, which is understandable. Owning a piece of art is an investment and not often taken lightly, though the one or two spontaneous purchases are always welcome!
It’s always a great pleasure to welcome back repeat visitors and collectors to the exhibition every summer, and I’m very happy to see more works go to some of these collectors. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to run my exhibition and despite increased advertising, social media posts and emails, visitor numbers for me have declined year on year, and with it those all-important sales; therefore I have taken the reluctant decision to not take part next year. With the Italy holiday taking place before the event it seems like the sensible decision; of course I will be missing out on potential sales but I am hoping that over the course of next year sales will be more spread out as I look to gain sales through different avenues.

Looking forward to 2020
As mentioned above I am booked in to lead another Italy holiday, and I will be in discussions with the George Farnham Gallery to add new paintings to the gallery. I’m currently updating my website with new paintings and also to make it the main source of information for my work. I’m slowly weening myself off of social media – I’ve already decided to no longer update my Facebook page, with the intention of deleting it entirely once my website has been completely overhauled. I’m still currently on Twitter and Instagram as these are far more interactive, and although the Instagram algorithms don’t promote pages unless you pay for it, it has worked very well for me in terms of sales and commissions, as has Twitter; so I will continue to post images of my work on these for the foreseeable future.
I will be sending out a monthly newsletter next year rather than my sporadic attempts over the last few years (sorry). These newsletters will let you know more about what I’m up to, new paintings and events. I will also be offering opportunities to buy my work at discounted prices for newsletter subscribers only, so sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out.

A massive thank you to everyone for your support this year, I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Jamie