It's Show Time folks, (and give away time).
Shows, shows and more shows, inside outside, the length and breadth of the country...well not quite, but there have been a few this year and there will be more.
So far this year I have exhibited at:
Practical Classics at the NEC.
80th Goodwood members meeting.
Chatsworth Performance and Classic Car Show.
I have learned a hell of a lot from these events, and they are so different from a normal fine art show.
Rather than being positioned amongst halls of other artists, all vying for the same clients, you are one of a few artists working at the event, and because there are only a few of you, then you are usually after a different set of clientele.
I class my work as modern automotive fine art, but at any show, you can get semi abstract automotive, digital, watercolour, oils, etc, basically a whole variety of works and styles, with rarely two artists offering the same type of work.
Scattered amongst the car clubs, pie stands, paint specialists, tool stations and autojumble, if you are unlucky enough, but basically anything to do with a car or motorcycle.
As we are just over half way through 2023 already, (where did all that go), I am strangely half way through my show schedule.
And this is what I have coming up for the rest of the year.
August 12th - 13th.
Shelsley Walsh Championship Challenge.
This will be the first time that I have exhibited at this event, one of the oldest racing venues in the country if not the oldest.
Chaddesley Corbett Classic Car Show.
A lovely little venue just south of Kidderminster, where they just happen to serve my favourite beer, so I couldn't resist the opportunity.
Previous events show around 250 varied and gorgeous classics, and as it's around an hour from home, this should be a worthwhile 1 day event.
September 8th - 10th
The big one, the daddy of classic car shows throughout the year.
Period cars and attire, anyone who is anyone will be at this show, and I can't wait, lets just say that I am a touch excited about being involved in this.
16th - 17th September.
Another lovely little venue, the Kophill climb is more of a cavalcade of classic and vintage cars driving not too quickly up the famous hill climb venue, set in the heart of the motorsport valley, this should be a very stylish and well attended event. Plus the following week after Goodwood Revival, I may wear the same attire and not bother to unpack the car.
November 10th - 12th.
NEC Classic Motor Show.
Another massive event and my return to my first ever car show venue. This event is enormous and one of the biggest on the calendar. I learnt so much from this event last year that I intend to put in place at this event, bring it on. If you saw me here last year, I will be in the same place this year so pop along and say hello.
And last but definitely not least, a show I am really looking forward to.
2nd - 3rd December.
Motoring Literary and Art Festival.
I will be exhibiting at this event with a number of esteemed artists and to say that I am excited and blown away by the event is an understatement, I cant quite believe that I will be there.
And that's all folks....
Oh yes sorry, for those of you who have stayed to the end, I have a special gift opportunity for you.
I have been allocated my wrist bands for the Goodwood Revival event this year, and I have two exhibitor wristbands to give away on a first come first served basis for each day.
Saturday is already sold out, so if you haven't got tickets for this day and wanted to go, then this is your last chance.
These tickets are worth around £75 each, and I am happy to send you a pair for the day, as one of my loyal followers, if you just drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, which day and address where I will need to post them, and they are yours.
A contact phone number would be good also.
Once they are gone, then they are gone, so get mailing me if you would like to put on your 40s - 60s finest attire and look at classic cars all day.
Until next time, my pedigree chums.