Although I am still relatively inexperienced at doing shows, one thing I have learned is the value of arranging my display in advance. Set-up time is limited, so with each new or different group of paintings, a photo of the lay-out makes the process faster and less nerve-wracking on the morning of the event.
So here on my living room floor is how I will hang my 5 x 6 ft. panel at Ironstone Vineyards this weekend. A table in front will have books, business cards, and maybe a couple of more small paintings. Having less space than last year forced me to do more editing--always a good thing.
Because I still lack a consistent theme or look (working on that) I am never terribly happy with displays of all of my paintings en masse, art-mart style, rather than individually or more spaced out on my walls. For now, grouping by color and size is about the best I can do. But I think the smaller arrangement of mostly new work is a bit of an improvement over last year's hodge-podge.
Ironstone Vineyards, 2012