The Ripple Effect of Showing Your Art

You know how it is. Sometimes you plan one thing and it leads to another which leads to still another.

Just for you.  painting by Flora Doehler
Just for you.
16″ x 16″
acrylic on canvas
painting by Flora Doehler (sold)

The action of putting together a show of my paintings earlier this year in the dead of February and the doing led to:

  • finishing quite a few in-progress paintings and wiring up all completed paintings
  • inventorying /digitizing/ naming and pricing of all the large paintings I have for sale which will make it so much easier to shop my work around to other venues
  • creating a digital Art Newsletter for people who have purchased my work, who might like to view my work and for local media and galleries who I would like to approach for future represention. This led to the development of a comprehensive email list
  • giving a series of watercolor classes at our studio which led to the development of a new curriculum for experimental watermedia and a wait list for more classes as well as some income
  • giving an artist talk /slideshow /presentation of my work to a group of live people which led to my unearthing and digitizing important art works from my early years which led to some  self-reflection on my developement as an artist
  • Finally, even though people have seen my work at various venues including in our studio, it didn’t prepare them for seeing a collection of 30 paintings in one place. That was a real eye-opener for me about the importance of viewers being able to see a lot of your work at one time to get a true sense of the type of painting you do.
painting by Flora Doehler
The New Arrivals
18″ x 24″
mixed media on canvas
painting by Flora Doehler

For these reasons alone, the art show would have been a great success for me. But that’s not all. I had the chance to talk to people about what I do and why I do it. Most artists work in solitude and in spite of posting images via the internet, there is nothing like seeing the work live and having a real conversation with viewers and collectors for an exchange of ideas and reaction to take place. I also sold paintings which was a wonderful affirmation and motivation to continue.

If you are sitting on a collection of your work, whatever it may be, I suggest you take the step of arranging your own pop-up show because it will lead to new opportunities for your growth as a person and as an artist.

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Painting Lupins


Two weeks ago I was interviewed for the Halifax newspaper “Chronicle Herald”. They ran a piece on Bear River focused on the culture and small town revival in Nova Scotia.

photo by Ryan Taupin of the Chronicle Herald.
photo by Ryan Taplin of the Chronicle Herald.

The painting on my easel that day was this one of lupins. They are still blooming on the edges of our property and their arrival every year is stunning.

I love the shapes of the pods and the intensity of the purple colour. Although I usually paint outside in front of my subject, this canvas was so large and it was more practical to work in the studio with samples of lupins posing in empty wine bottles.  



The article in the newspaper had wonderful quotes from friends who live here and are very happy to have the opportunity to explore their cultural side in a beautiful corner of Canada.

Wild Lupins © Flora Doehler, 2013
Wild Lupins © Flora Doehler, 2013 (sold)