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Introduction

duncanthrussellart is the home of artist Duncan Thrussell. This is his business blog and written in first person.

I am a Fine Artist working from a studio in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

I was born in St.Albans, Hertfordshire, studying art and design at University of Hertfordshire, and Fine Art Painting at Northbrook College Sussex. After completing Fine Art degree, I went on to University of Brighton to study Youth & Community Work.

I have previously set-up and run studios/galleries in Worthing, Rustington and Littlehampton; and exhibited in London (Mall Galleries and Chelsea Art Society Open), Worthing, Arundel, Rustington and Littlehampton.

My work is on permanent display at Crafters’ Corner, Littlehampton, and I am exhibiting work at the pop-up gallery ‘Clifton Road Gallery’, Littlehampton.

2020 has been a horrendous year for many, and has resulted in many art events and exhibitions being cancelled. In 2019 I successfully displayed my work at West Beach Cafe, Littlehampton, I hope to be able to do this in 2021.

The artwork that I am publicly exhibiting are mainly landscapes and seascapes. I like to charge my painting with colour and expression, using textures and mark making to explore mediums and my response to the observed environment.

I also create artwork to commission and available for small group/individual workshops.

I’ve decided to create a public blog in order to explore different topics and promote my artwork more widely.

I am not sure how regular these blogs will be but I hope they will be stimulating and encourage me to explore to avenues for my work.

#newadventures #newblog #exploringartwork #popupgallery #crafterscorner #2021 #2020 #westbeachcafe #littlehampton

Arundel Museum exhibition

More photos of the Clifton Road Gallery art exhibition at Arundel Museum.

Arundel exhibition

Clifton Road Gallery exhibition at Arundel Museum is now on until Monday 18th October.

Spent the afternoon setting up my work and helping others.

Exhibition looks really lively and vibrant.

More photos of exhibition to come. For updates log on to Facebook and Instagram.

Exhibition prep & prints

Been busy sorting out work for the upcoming exhibition, and planning to get some prints done of my paintings and drawings. it’s all go…

New exhibition

I have a new group exhibition to get ready for in October.

This is the second Arundel Museum art exhibition Clifton Road Gallery has organized. Very pleased to be part of it.

Currently finishing off some large paintings, one of which will be displayed here, along with prints of drawings and paintings.

Craft Cabin, Bognor Regis

Finding new venues to exhibit and sell is often a challenge.

I’m now additionally selling my small paintings at The Craft Cabin, Chalcraft Lane, Bognor Regis PO21 5TS.

A lovely, unique creative venue, full of crafters and artists selling their work to the general public.

Refreshing exhibitions

Always important to refresh your current exhibitions if you get a chance. Prevents your display feeling stagnant to potential buyers who have come along more than once. Sometimes a balancing act because you don’t want to take a painting off the wall that has attracted someone to come and visit again; but if your show has been up for sometime, I think it’s worth showing that you are a progressive and busy artist, moving forward with lots of different art work to show.

Here’s my two refreshed exhibitions this week:

Jan Bennett’s art studio window, Norfolk Road, Littlehampton. Up for two more weeks.

I wanted the display here to reflect local areas and landmarks of interest, whilst showing my working processes.

Clifton Road Gallery @crafterscorner, Clifton Road Littlehampton. This venue is permanent space for my work. I try to refresh every couple of months if the work hasn’t sold. Next refresh will be around Halloween.

Clifton Road Gallery & Crafters Corner, Littlehampton.

My work is on display and available to purchase at Clifton Road Gallery @CraftersCorner in Littlehampton. the old sorting house,, Clifton Rd, Littlehampton BN17 5AS

I change around my artwork frequently. All work is affordable contemporary art, sea, land & urban themed scapes. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Norfolk Road art display

My artwork is in a window display for a couple of weeks, at Jan Bennett’s Norfolk Road art studio.

Love this little studio and the fact that the window is available to all in the community who pass by.

Littlehampton Arts Trail 2021

Lots of fresh paintings on display at Clifton Road Gallery (Crafters Corner, Clifton Road, Littlehampton).

Arundel Museum Art Exhibition.

I’m currently exhibiting at Arundel Museum along with 11 other artists. The exhibition was organised by Clifton Road Gallery.

Exhibitions

I’m currently preparing for two exhibitions.

An exhibition organised by Clifton Road Gallery will be held at Arundel Museum. 11 artists will be exhibiting new work 22-25 July.

The annual Littlehampton Arts Trail will be 2-21 August. I’ll have new work on display at Clifton Road Gallery in Crafters’ Corner.

Some of my work nearly ready for exhibiting.

Hope you can pop-by one or both to have a look.

Many thanks for your support.

Arundel Museum group exhibition

Sorry I’ve been quite quiet recently.

I am currently working towards an exhibition at Arundel Museum, Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex.

This is an exhibition organised by Clifton Road Gallery, and will include work from 11 artists connected to the gallery.

Running for 4 days, 22-25 July, this will be great opportunity to view and purchase current artwork from contemporary artists working in the area.

Follow on social media for regular updates.

Clifton Road Gallery at Arundel Museum, 22-25 July 2021.
Two paintings by Duncan Thrussell with three framed water colourful by Eli Spooner. These were shown recently, along with many other art works, at two arts & craft fairs, Norfolk Centre, Arundel.
Paintings by Duncan Thrussell at a recent Arts & Crafts fair, Norfolk Centre, Arundel.

Update

A quick update as time has flown.

Last weekend saw me displaying my work at an arts and crafts fair in Arundel, West Sussex at The Norfolk Centre (by the castle entrance). This was Clifton Road Gallery joining with established crafters at this regular crafts fair, to provide a selling and marketing opportunity for artists via a ‘pop-up’ gallery. Will be there again Thursday 24th and Friday 25 to June.

It’s enjoyable taking part in fairs. I find it helps me to get my art work together and present it for the general public who will hopefully purchase a sample of art. I also think it’s great for people to see an artist getting their work out into the wider world for the public to see and purchase, mixing with other artists and creatives, normalizing art in public places. Overall, sales or no sales, a great marketing opportunity.

I’m taking part in group exhibition at Arundel Museum, 22 – 25 July. This has now given me a target to complete several paintings.

As practicing artists, I have always felt that it’s so important to have targets and deadlines, especially when life is so hectic and demanding at times.

In the meantime my artwork is available at Clifton Road Gallery, in Crafters’ Corner.

Thank you for the support. Watch out for more updates soon.

Art-Mantic

https://www.art-mantic.com/

Art-Mantic has been created to provide a safe, inclusive, and supportive space for Artists and Art lovers to have Authentic Conversations about their Personal Experiences with Art and the highs and lows of living a Creative Life.

So happy to be involved in this project.

During these uncertain times, it’s so important to know that there are other artists/art lovers around to share ideas and thoughts, as well as the successes and difficulties about living and working in the creative sector.

For example one of difficulties I am currently experiencing is finding the time to spend in the studio due to arranging a house move and a temp job to help save some money.

Balancing everything can be a challenge but things will turn out well in the end.

Looking after yourself

Been spending the last few weeks looking after myself, physically and mentally.

Plenty of physical exercise (walking and running), spending quality time with my wife, relaxing with a book or a movie, and painting and drawing when it felt right.

Sometimes in our lives it pays to take a step back to evaluate what you have got and how you want to move forward.

We are in the process of moving, so it’s important to not let this big life event get better of me. There is going to be quite a few changes in the near future but will try to take things slowly and step-by-step so I can make the right choices.

In order to do this staying physically fit is important for me. If I can walk and run around, I can keep mentally clear: a clear mind and have fresh ideas to stay calm and keep abreast of everything that may happen.

More creating through the COVID haze.

Been spending the last few weeks in the studio painting and drawing lots of studies, plus adding layers to ongoing paintings.

I’m consciously not rushing this process, making sure I’m making the right choices to improve my work in readiness for the reopening of non-essential shops after COVID-19 lockdown is lifted.

I wonder when this will be? We are told at the end of March in time for Easter. I hope so, as this lockdown is killing many opportunities to showcase and sell art. Artists and the creative sector is suffering so much. There’s nothing quite like seeing paintings in reality, rather than solely relying on online sales to make a living.

I am pretty sure I am not the only one that thinks opening COVID secure (essential or non-essential) small businesses, is a much safer option for people than supermarkets or other big cooperates. It seems that these large businesses present so many more risks to customers to pick up the virus from some selfish idiot not keeping to social distancing measures, wearing a face covering or sanitizing their hands regularly.

Just hope this vaccine can have a big impact and we can all get back to some sort of normality in a safer world.

Take care x

Gallery & selling

The last thing I want is for this post to be really negative but I think it’s important to be truthful and honest with oneself, in order to move forward and plan positively for the future.

Selling one’s artwork is difficult at the best of times but in the present climate, unless you already have an online presence being proactively promoted by an agent or other art professional, it is very frustrating, time consuming and challenging.

My physical selling outlets are currently closed, and they’re not in a position to sell my work online; therefore, like many other artists, I have to do my own marketing and selling.

I have an Etsy account which I need to develop, and an eBay shop which has suddenly become a very expensive way of running a business if you have new goods to sell. eBay insisted on me changing my account from personal to business, but I never realized the difference in costs!

My most successful ways of selling has been Instagram and Facebook. These have created commissions and sales of current work.

So, although I’ve added a number of paintings to my gallery on duncanthrussellart.com, the challenge now remains of getting the message out there to potential art buyers, art exhibitors, agents and potential commission clients.

A work in progress….

Thank you for your support.

Stay safe, keep creating, be happy x

Artwork for sale

My art work can be purchased via the gallery page of duncanthrussellart.com

Uploading images all the time. If interested please contact me to arrange payment and delivery/pick-up.

Despite a number of issues around arranging a house move and family worries due to COVID-19, I am currently in the middle of completing new work. These will be exhibited when the pandemic measures have been lifted, with some being posted and available to purchase on here.

Other work can currently be purchased via Crafters’ Corner Facebook page. http://facebook.com/crafterscornerattraders

Always available for commissions too. From expressive and colourful seas, urban and landscape acrylics and drawings, to portrait drawings of your favourite pets. Please contact me for further details and prices.

Looking at brighter times..

Was really pleased to have some new business cards delivered this week. Gave me a big boost. Despite knowing I’ve got a busy week of personal stuff to do, I’m still going to make an effort to pop into the studio, put some music on, potter around, put some brush strokes on one of paintings that I’ve got going and do some drawing.

To help me focus, one day I was looking back at the work I had exhibited in 2019 at West Beach Cafe, Rope Walk, Littlehampton. I hope this cafe will be able to open again in the spring, and it would be amazing to get some work on the walls there again. It is such a lovely spot for people to sit and relax with some refreshments, watch the sea roll in and purchase some artwork.

I therefore have a number of reasons to create more art work. (West Beach Cafe, Crafters Corner, Clifton Road Gallery, potential online sales & promotion for commissions).

Although Clifton Road Gallery may not open again due to the temporary rental agreement, but it may be amalgamated into Crafters Corner, we shall see.

Purchasing an art card makes an artist’s day!

I’ve been adding some art work to my gallery page, all available for sale.

Amongst the artwork are art cards. A purchase of a reasonably priced art card means that an artist is being supported and an artist feels like their work is being appreciated.

Many thanks for your support. Take care and stay safe.

Prints & current work

Hoping to organise prints of drawings and paintings.

I often wonder how other artists can afford to make lots of prints of their work, so I’m researching the best and most affordable way of doing this. More updates soon.

UK lockdown number 3 is now upon us until at least February 2021. A scary and very mentally draining time for everyone, which can make it difficult to focus on creative work. Paradoxically being creative, along with exercising and being with people you love, can be one of the best ways of focusing yourself and being happy.

Currently finalising new paintings for 2021 which will be available to purchase through Crafters Corner and Clifton Road Gallery, Clifton Road, Littlehampton.

More updates available soon and through social media.

Art cards available to purchase, £2 each.
An example of one of my expressive drawings.

New year, new challenges

Well we now start a new year, and face head-on new challenges and adventures.

COVID-19 is still here and growing as I write, and UK is now no longer a member of the EU.

The gallery and craft shop I sell through cannot open because of Tier 4 measures. So I now have to concentrate on creating work to sell online, and develop my services and skills for possible commission.

I’ve got many a painting in progress at the moment which I will complete over the next month, but I am also looking into other avenues to develop and market my work to a wider audience.

I will be spending the next week mind-mapping ideas, getting on with current paintings and developing my website.

The next step is producing more variety of work for Etsy, including offering commissioning services (portraits, illustration work etc).

Challenging and progressive times ahead.

Stay safe and keep creating x

Merry Xmas and hoping for a better 2021…

Have a very peaceful, relaxing and happy festive break.

Whilst taking some time out, I acknowledge the hardships that people are going through at the moment, and not everyone is fortunate to enjoy a safe, relaxing or happy Xmas.

Whatever you are doing, please stay safe.

If you are working over Xmas, I have every respect for you.

Think about picking up a phone to talk to someone you know who is alone at Xmas. Perhaps volunteer at a soup bank, gift some money to a charity or give to a food bank.

Will be in touch with everyone soon. New work to create in 2021 for a gallery (and if it doesn’t open because of Tier 4 lockdown online sales).

Warmest Xmas wishes to you all x