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Thursday, 30 June 2011

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Today is the last day of the Abstract Open exhibition. How quickly the time passes, doesn't seem that long ago that I put it up.
I have spent the entire morning do business related admin. Not so much pen pushing as mouse pushing.
I know that you are all waiting for news of my leap, I have to confess that I did not get round to leaping as there were far too many things that needed doing that allowed me to avoid jumping. The good news is that I have now formalized exactly what I intend to do in my head it just means getting started.
I am finally getting my head around the technology involved in making posters. It is all just one huge learning curve.
My gallery has been open for five months already. I can't quite believe it. A friend of mine asked me yesterday if I sit back and look at everything I have achieved since being made 'redundant' (don't you hate that word?). I have to be honest and say that I'm not big on slapping my own back. I just think generally that there is still so much left to do. I allowed myself a few brief moments of pride and then moved swiftly on.
You know how fond I am of lists so here's another one which includes all my learning curve activities.

  1. How to say something is not good without upsetting people. It's known in the trade as a s**t sandwich. I would like to say that I make fantastic sandwiches. 
  2. Knowing when to speak to gallery visitors. Timing is crucial. If you jump in straight away you tend to scare people off. Us Brits we are the Kings and Queens of browsing, pounce on us and we'll run a mile.
  3. Being positive, enthusiastic and sincere when you really don't feel like it. This is a crucial lesson to learn. I am only human! There are days when this is particularly hard.
  4. Fighting the temptation to close early when there have been no visitors through the door in the last two hours. Being your own boss requires a tremendous amount of self discipline. Especially when it's sunny.
  5. Sticking to your guns, even when someone is being very persuasive and trying to make you spend your non existent money. I am getting better at doing this.
  6. Now I officially pay for every service at the gallery, I have become a very fussy customer. If it's not good enough I will tell you. Gone are the days of put up and shut up.
  7. Do not pour out lots of drinks in preparation for a busy Private View. It is tempting fate and you can't pour it back in the bottle. Only pour out as many as you are prepared to drink yourself! ;)
  8. Learn about blind copying people into emails. A rookie error but I made it and got a right telling off for it too.
  9. A watched door never opens. ' Ignore the door ' is a good mantra to chant throughout the day.
  10. Without fail on the very few occasions I have had to shut I have been visited by friends at the gallery. Hello people, in this age of how much communication technology do you manage not to use it. Get with the programme!!!
That's it I like lists of ten. I am blogcrastinating again so I'm going to end it right here.


  1. Lovely....Well done you.....!
    AND....Seven out of the ten points....Are the art of good salesmanship....I should know, l've been at it for 38yrs.
    The thing l've always told myself....
    "I'm the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be"! (So There)....! :).

  2. I should have been asking you for tips all this time Willie! I'm stealing your mantra! It's better than mine! :)