Yvonne's annual exhibition took place this week in the Chapter House at the famous Wells Cathedral, a major tourist attraction. I visited on Monday the 13th together with my wife and grandaughter Evie.
Yvonne and Evie
Yvonne, who is not a full time professional artist, although I consider her semi-professional, exhibited 91 framed, mostly flower paintings, around 40 unframed plus her own produced boxes of greetings cards. In just over two days she had already sold 13 framed paintngs, several unframed plus a number of boxes of cards.
Yours Truly with Yvonne
The Chapter House is circular, part of the magnificent Cathedral and very famous, although added later than the main structure which goes back many centuries, and took centuries to complete.. It is circular in shape and gets numerous visitors via a tortuous route finally involving climbing some quite steep well-worn stone stairs. Many come just to look at the ceiling and some even lie on the floor looking upwards! As you can see the paintings are exhibited in two layers all around the walls.
This is a small selection of the paintings which were very difficult to photograph in situ due to reflections from the windows and positioning. I don't think there is any question that Yvonne is at least as good as many professionals. Her blog is www.watercolourflorals.blogspot.com/ and she also has another website www.yvonneharryfloralwatercolours.com/ If you like flowers have a look . Yvonne is very open about her painting tecniques and has been trying some other subjects recently, although flowers remain her first love.
I contacted Yvonne today and she replied that the exhibition had been very successful with many complimentary comments from visitors. Sales of painting framed and unframed totalled nearly fifty. She also sold all her boxes of cards.