Even at my tender age, I possess a strong desire to learn. Last week I attended a course in order to understand more about digital marketing and my mind is still reeling. Whilst I ‘get’ the principals, the tips and tricks I need to understand and implement mean quite a change in the way I organise my day to day activities. Old dog and new tricks come to mind and I accept that if I want my little venture called Papilio to succeed in the digital world, I have to learn its ways. This I will do in the coming weeks and trust that it will have some effect upon my likes, my number of followers and increased traffic to my website.
I have spent some of the past week planning production for the coming month. With 2 exhibitions requiring a number of works to show in March, a new gallery partner in Padstow at the same time as a photo shoot, I have 13 butterfly installations to make and deliver in fairly short order.
I’m experimenting with a new idea the image of which follows.
I’m creating an etched acrylic panel on to which I will replace the butterflies illustrated with some of my feather varieties to complete the creation. This is in distinct contrast to my heavy filled butterfly installations which currently form the mainstay of my work. I hope you like the idea, either way I’d love to hear from you at email@example.com.
Watch out for the two, soon to be published articles about my work in the Jewish Chronicle on line magazine and Homes & Interiors Scotland.
Michael February 9th 2019
Enquiries are on the increase this week which is encouraging. One is from Turkey and the other from Bahrain and 4 from UK galleries.
Three articles focusing on my work are due to be published shortly. They are The Jewish Chronicle Homes & Interiors magazine and Homes and Interiors Scotland. https://homesandinteriorsscotland.com
Luxuria lifestyles has also featured Michael Olsen Butterflies in a VERY high end online magazine. https://www.luxurialifestyle.com/a-new-feather-butterfly-wall-art-trend-is-sweeping-the-nation/
I’ve now completed the two “Papillon de Papillon” and the completed images will be on display next week. These installations will be included in my new website tab “For sale”. I’ve started planning production for the new season of exhibitions mentioned previously. These shows are The Affordable Art fair Battersea and Esher contemporary Art fair both being held in March. With 11 pieces scheduled for delivery in mid march, I now have to get up a head of steam hence this short blog. Finally I’m very happy that the mornings and evenings are getting lighter. This light imbues me with such a feeling of freedom as I’m sure it does for most of us.
Michael February 13th 2019
I’ve referred to this topic for some time and finally the “butterfly of butterflies” has become a reality. I love it and I hope that you do to. I will be putting this item up for sale on my website as well as a multi-coloured variant when both are completed. Images of both “Papillon de Papillon” are below. Somehow its sounds and looks better in French.
The aquatic installation that has been swimming around without any home, i.e. UNSOLD for some while has now been framed. Sometimes things just don’t work and whilst I’ve always loved the clean lines and modernity of the piece it hasn’t sold. I’m hoping that this change will make its future in a clients home more assured. The concept of framing my works is also something I’m considering for the future of all of my work. Apologies for image quality, acrylic is such a difficult medium to photograph.
Michael February 4th 2019
Last week was busy for me. Less about sales and more about laying building blocks for the next few months.
I visited the lovely Denise Donelly and Deirdre at the Doorway Gallery in Dublin to upgrade 3 of my works recently sold. https://www.thedoorwaygallery.com Sadly there was not enough time to shop or see the sights. According to Denise, Dublin is very busy at present unlike the UK. A couple of images for you.
I’m happy to announce that The Wey Gallery located in Godalming have agreed to become a stockist for my works. https://www.theweygallery.com This gallery occupies a lovely space in the town centre and its location close to the likes of Charterhouse School, Watts public Gallery and Loseley Park, bodes well for sales of my work.
As well as on the gallery walls they will also be taking my work to 2 prestige art fairs. The first at Esher Contemporary Art, held at Sandown Racecourse March 15-17th and the other at Fresh Art at Ascot Racecourse in September. Hoping for good things here too. Here are some images of Wey Gallery.
Michael January 30th 2019
Not surprisingly things in the world of art are a little quiet at present. I think it’s obvious why this is so, the Brexit shenanigans and post Christmas blues.
However not being one to sit on my hands, I am planning for the time when sales do pick up. To get ready I’m ordering fresh supplies of acrylic boxes, new season butterfly designs and making contact with Galleries in areas when my art is not yet represented. Surprisingly this all takes time and as I’ve said in the past it doesn’t take much to keep a one man business busy. So, not much business but plenty to do. I’m planning a photo shoot in March in order to refresh my website images. I need to prepare at least 6 new installations so that will lengthen to my ‘to do’ list. Later this week I’m meeting up with the directors of a Gallery in Godalming who have shown interest in becoming a Michael Olsen Butterfly Art stockist. Subversion in Glasgow are a fresh addition to the growing list of gallery partners. https://subversiongallery.co.uk/t/olsen-michael
Michael January 22nd 2019
Its quite amazing how altering the background colour can make the appearance and appeal of my work change dramatically.
In the case below, I much prefer the black background against the white butterflies but whether or not you agree with me, the difference in the “look” is quite dramatic.
Michael January 14th 2019
I wanted to add prosperous to the title but I’m a bit reluctant to tempt providence. Most of the hearsay indicates that business is stuttering at present and has been so since the latter part of 2018. Fortunately I was pretty busy between September and December but then it doesn’t take much to keep one man occupied. What the next few month holds is anyone’s guess including mine. Having said that I’m pushing ahead with new ideas, fresh designs and concepts in order to keep up momentum.
I’ve revised the lower priced box layout but am still not happy with it. It doesn’t shout at me yet. Here’s an image and if you’d like to comment I’d love to hear from you, good, bad or ugly. This one is 16” x 14” but the final designs will be larger.
I have taken the last quiet couple of weeks to revise the layout of my studio making it homely as well as more efficient, after all I spend at least 5 days per week in it. I want it to be attractive and comfortable which it’s beginning to look and feel now.
Best wishes to Subversion Gallery in Glasgow who have recently agreed to be stockists. I’m waiting on some gallery images to post in due course.
Also adding to the growing family of Michael Olsen butterfly art stockists will be Driftwood Gallery in Cornwall. They will not be on stream until February so more on this nearer the time.
Michael January 8th 2019
I recently became excited when I had an online enquiry that eventually resulted in a firm order. Payment was requested and despite warning bells that arose during the preamble, I decided to cautiously see it through. A cheque arrived and was for more than twice the amount requested! Yes very odd but my contact didn’t seem overly worried and told me that I could refund him the overspend when I was in funds. I’m sure you’ll guess but the cheque bounced and I was later informed that it was fraudulent or counterfeit. Either way, I’m relieved that I wasn’t scammed and that I still retain the lovely heart-shaped butterfly box he ordered.
Business continues to progress and I have a head full of ideas and projects for 2019 to continue that upward momentum.
L’homme Bleu was re-worked into a frame and looks pretty good as you can see. The client is happy and therefore so am I.
Merry Christmas to all.
Michael December 17th 2018
A week of rest, sleep, walks, juicing and detox should have me up and at ‘em with vim and vigour. Instead of that, my energy is very low but I did lose 10lb in weight so all is not lost.
I’m assured that my energy will return, as for my waistline we shall see……
I’ve created an installation for Christmas predominantly in red but with some green and white and is 100x100cm. It’s going to Zebra Gallery in Hampstead for exposure to the refined punters of NW3.
New butterfly supplies recently arrived from the US including for the 1st time folded wing varieties. This is all very exciting as new colours and designs fuel my creative juices. Some of these butterflies which are smaller will be perfect for my new lower priced variation of the standard butterfly box.
I’m aiming to sell the new creation for £500-£600 and the revised & completed prototype will be with me later this week. Another sneak peek this is quite small at 60x50cm approx.
Enfin mes amis, L’homme Bleu has not quite been sold, despite my last blog. Apparently the client who adores the piece wants to place a frame around it which is an idea that I have had for a long time. I shall be intrigued as to how it will look if this particular project goes ahead.
Michael December 4th 2018
Not quite but close. It seems that exhibitions are not the place for me and my Butterfly Art. I rushed to Chester Art fair in order to offload the cavernous van, fit all of the boxes on my stand in time for the 3pm deadline.
Check in at the B&B and then back to the exhibition in time for the private view. Lots of oooh’s and aaah’s but no sales from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. Boring, disappointing,frustrating and expensive. I won’t say never again but will research the target audience if I dip my toe in again.
The bright side? I spent lots of quality time with my lovely wife and met a very successful gallery owner who might take on my art in the west country. The latter could make the whole thing worthwhile. time will tell. I’m taking a well earned rest this week at a Somerset retreat. Rest, relaxation and sleep. And breathe……….
The Blue Man
In my October blog I posted an image of L’homme Bleu. I’m happy to announce that subject to confirmation, this piece was sold by Wyecliffe Gallery last week. This is a really important moment for me as the sale confirms to me that my work of a more artistic nature has been accepted by the public.
November has been a really positive month for me despite Chester. Sales and enquiries are up and so am I.
Michael November 26th 2018