A great week at Starling Studios

Wow, what an amazing week it’s been since my last post!

This time last week I was staring at the bare interior of the Starling Studios wondering what on earth I’d let myself in for! One week on, we have a bona-fide little retail outlet on the go and, to top it all, I’ve even made some sales!

Here are a few shots of how my display looked:

One of the many positives about this little venture has been the opportunity to see so many of my paintings together collectively. I think that including the paintings in the window, I had about 26 or so framed paintings on display and a further 30 or so in the browser. I’ve really enjoyed seeing them all together, mounted and framed and have been pleased to see a distinct cohesion to them, certainly the ones that I’ve painted in the last year or so.

But it hasn’t all been about me! I’m sharing the space with about ten other artists and makers and here’re some images of some of the other delights that are on display, taking in ceramics, jewellery, knitwear and deliciously scented candles:

On top of seeing all my work together in one place, I can’t deny that I’ve been completely bowled over by the response to my work, which has far exceeded my wildest imaginings! I’ve had some really warm and wonderful feedback about my paintings that has been really touching.

I suppose the success of any venture like this will ultimately be measured in sales. I’m again delighted that even by this measurement, the Starling Studios venture has already surpassed anything that I’ve experienced to date with eleven sales!

What’s been great is that these sales have covered every size of work that I have on display, from the largest 70 x 50cms works, to the smallest A4 works, and encompasses my full repertoire of landscapes, cityscenes and interiors:

Quite a few of the paintings that I’ve sold have been to people that have already bought my paintings in the past, which is always particularly gratifying.

I think that my only regret so far is that I haven’t met every single person that has bought my work. I love to hear about what connection the work has for someone, whether they’re buying it for themselves or for a friend, relative or loved one. I also regret not having the opportunity to properly express my gratitude for their interest and enthusiasm for my work, as this is, in many ways far more uplifting and motivating for me than the sale itself!

Business has been pretty quiet since the weekend but I’m hopeful that there may be a little flurry of last-minute Christmas shopping activity at the pop-up over this final weekend.

Should anyone be in the vicinity at all, the studios are open each day from 11am-5pm. I’ll be there tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 16th December) from 2-5pm, and then again on Sunday, from 2-4pm and would love to be able to say hello in person to any readers of this blog.

After Sunday, my display in the window will continue until 2nd January 2022. Full details, along with images of paintings that are still available, along with prices can be seen on my Starling Studios Pop Up Gallery page.

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5 thoughts on “A great week at Starling Studios”

  1. So you’ll be giving up the day-job then, John. I must admit they do look like a properly unified bunch of paintings up there on the wall and I can understand the interest you’ve attracted. It’s great to see them all up there together and to be able to listen to people’s comments; it really gives you the chance to be more objective about your work. A great lead-in to the merry season. Well done!

    1. Hi Rob and many thanks for your kind and generous comments, I really appreciate it! The only downside to it all is that while I’ve been focussing on the business end, my painting has pretty much ground to a halt! I think the past 3 weeks has been the least amount of time that I’ve dedicated to painting in the past 4 or 5 years! I’m feeling quite nervous about picking a brush up again!

  2. Hi John,. Just a quick comment to say many congratulations on your success. You must be very thrilled.
    Happy Christmas to you and your family,
    Warm wishes,
    Carole ⛄️

    1. Hi Carole and thanks so much for this, I really appreciate it and yes, I am absolutely thrilled with how well it’s gone! Such a great way to bring the year to a close! I hope you also a great Christmas and festive season too – and thanks again for all your support and encouragement this past year!

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