A place among the winners – follow up

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!

Newer Work #84

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.

refractured watercolor

#1358 “Just Chillin II”. 11×14″ refractured watercolor in white mat ready for 16×20″ frame.

A place amongst the winners

I had this email in my in box yesterday:


Hi
You’ve won a place in our Seascapes Winner’s Video – well done!
I shall be in touch to let you know when the video has been made.
Congratulations!

Kindest Regards
Jean
http://www.artistsinfo.co.uk – Global Artist Guide



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.

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“Sailing Home”

Mixed media painting

“Wavecrest”. That little wave on the right was actually a happy mistake

Mixed media painting

“Movement, stillness”. This was born from leftover pieces from a commission.

The end of a class

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!

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Riverbend II

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Conejo Barn at Dawn II

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Afternoon Nap II

Hunted.

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“Wiest Lake”. My favorite fishing hole.

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!

Newer work #56

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.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1235 The King of Patience. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 11×14″ matted to fit 16×20″ frame. $195.

City Lights II

Painting of 'City Lights'

#1255 City Lights II. $150. Available only through Etsy (or direct from me….)

 

 

So the one painting completed that evening that you can’t see in the photo on the prior blog post is my rendition of the original – this got photoed today and is now available on etsy.