I had a most unexpected sale from a small group show I participated in in Yucca Valley. The group I belong to is called Chaparral Artists and we had a group show at the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley. We often have one of our members having a solo show on their wall and we have our meetings here. Over the summer we had a group show with interested members displaying one or two pieces. We took the art down at the end of August.
At the first meeting of the season in September I was approached by another artist who commented that she had loved one of the paintings I had displayed, but it had been out of her budget. A quick conversation followed and we soon had a deal. I had to bring her the painting the next time I was in the area, and last week she blessed me with a picture of ‘Dark Water, White Wave’ in its forever home. It’s very flattering to sell to another artist!
“Dark Water, White Wave” in its forever home in Joshua Tree.
Last month I shared that I had some of my work accepted into the ‘Seascapes’ show with an online gallery in the UK, and that they were going to create a little video of the winners, showing their art as it would look on a wall. Well, HERE it is!
One of the advantages about online showcases is that the work doesn’t have to be available, and the particular painting that is in the video went to its forever home some time ago. One of the disadvantages, I guess, of having someone mock-up the video is that the painting is depicted much larger than it actually is. Oh well!
I am usually willing to do commissions that will not be chosen. I often do a couple of commissions when making a refractured watercolor or mixed media because if it doesn’t it the spot, it can just go into show stock and someone else will love it.
Just Chillin’ II started as a commission and the potential customer didn’t fall in love with it – in part because it wasn’t going to look good in the house because the wall colors weren’t conducive. So, another 16×20″ matted painting is in the bin this weekend.
#1358 “Just Chillin II”. 11×14″ refractured watercolor in white mat ready for 16×20″ frame.
Here are the images I submitted. One of the nice things about this type of competition is that I can submit pieces that are in their forever homes – which is useful when there’s a theme that I don’t have much current work that fits it.
“Wavecrest”. That little wave on the right was actually a happy mistake
“Movement, stillness”. This was born from leftover pieces from a commission.
Over the winter I have been teaching an intermediate watercolor class at a gated community in La Quinta. I’ve done a number of exercises that have produced multiple paintings in a category that I don’t usually sell work in. Now that the classes are coming to an end, I have a set of perfectly good paintings in a box kicking around the bottom of the studio. So, Etsy time! Here are three paintings I put up this morning, ready to go to a new home for a reasonable price. $80!
At the show in San Diego on Saturday, my first sale was to a returning client who had to hunt me down. I hadn’t put my booth number on the email reminding fans about the show, so he wandered up and down the aisles. Eventually he asked help from another artist. “Do you know this artist – her work is a little like this but pixellated.” Blissfully my fellow artist knew who the cutter was and he found me a few minutes later.
He took the opportunity to pick up my second book, Mixed Weather, and really liked ‘Wiest Lake’, but at 48×48″ didn’t have the wall space for it. (Well, not without removing a portrait of his good lady. Sometimes I really don’t mind getting upstaged.) I suggested a print in a smaller size through Fine Art America, and promised to make sure my image was available for him to evaluate the options. I opened email this morning and found someone had ordered a print on metal. I’m figuring it’s the same client that found a size and surface that would fit in his home!
This one harks back to ‘Fishing Buddies’ – a painting purchased by a guy I met at a crazy art show in Yorba Linda. We became friends after another couple commissions from the vacation he’d just returned from. Within the year we were dating and still together 10 years later. I guess I was thinking about him when I painted the foreground on this one.
#1235 The King of Patience. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 11×14″ matted to fit 16×20″ frame. $195.