Thursday, 19 May 2016

I Never Thought I'd Feel Bad About Selling a Painting.

I sold a painting twice!
Have you ever done that?
I am a bit embarrassed by this to say the least.
Believe it or not I do try to be professional and keep track of where everything is, however this time it went awry.
Behold the sorry tale!
Mary Kemp.
"Hot Landscape"

When I'd finished painted this little gem I was quite pleased with it. I loved the blues and the splash of red, and the texture too! You may have seen it on my facebook page.
I posted it for sale on my website and the third party sites I use. All good so far. If I sell something I take it down immediately from where ever else I have it for sale. The same goes for if something is in an exhibition.
And here is where I messed up! 
As usual it's rush, rush , rush to get everything ready for an exhibition, even if you're taking only a few things. At the last minute I thought I'd include this little landscape as well, and, guess what, I forgot to de-list it elsewhere.
The day after the preview of the exhibition, where I have to say the painting looked lovely, I got a welcome email from an online gallery saying "You've sold a painting!" Yippee!
Then I got that awful sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I realised that the painting I'd sold was tucked away, and unreachable on the wall of the Arts Centre.
Never mind I thought, and informed the customer that it wouldn't be available until after the exhibition, unless of course it was sold, but please feel free to cancel your order if you no longer want it. But she didn't cancel and I kept my fingers crossed.
Came the day to pick up unsold work.
I'm sure you know what I'm going to say.
There next to my painting was a little red dot. "Oh no" I couldn't help saying and got some funny looks.
So the upshot of this was I had to do some serious apologising to my online customer.
And the moral of the story?
Keep track of everything.
I never thought I'd feel bad about selling a painting, but this time I did.
Am I the only one who makes such mistakes?

Thursday, 12 May 2016

My Life in 6 Possessions.

Whilst we are not defined by our possessions they do help to explain who we are and where we come from.
My Life in 6 Possessions
So here are a few thing I hold dear.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Welland Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition 2016. A Personal View.

A great day yesterday because I did my stint of stewarding for the Welland Valley Art Society's Spring Exhibition in the Wilfred Wood gallery in Stamford Art Centre.
Private View of the Spring Exhibition.
One of the joys of belonging to a society is the other people. Stewarding duty it's always with another member, and it's such a wonderful opportunity to talk about art, as if we needed an excuse! It's also a great opportunity to look at the display in detail, something that I couldn't do at the private view because it was jammed packed.

My thoughts on this exhibition:
My overall

Friday, 29 April 2016

Painting in Comfort.

Over the years I've had so many different set ups for painting, most dictated by space and available equipment, and now I'm beginning to think I must prioritise comfort over almost anything else.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Painting the Modern Garden at the Royal Academy. A Personal View.

Last week my friend Jean and I got the train to London to see Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse, at the Royal Academy.
It was a bit of a jolly really, nice journey, and out and about in London on a fine spring day.
I've been to many exhibitions at the Royal Academy, and when I come to think of it a lot of them have involved the Impressionists.
This was a big hitting exhibition and it was PACKED. Even at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

These are my thoughts.

  • It was too crowded. I am being selfish here, but it was difficult to get around.
  • I never take the audio guide of an exhibition because after all it's a visual experience and I think someone talking about it detracts. I found the signage and explanations on the wall very useful though.
  • What a lot of painters I don't know about! I've only just discovered Joaquin Sorolla through his seaside paintings and there he is painting beautifully lit gardens. And I'd never heard of Santiago Rusinol. Why not?
  • The images I came away with in my head were of large paintings of flowers and foliage set against walls painted a hot rust colour. Artworks of passion and inaccuracy and colour that just leapt out at you. 
  • The obsession that some of these painters had for their gardens was all consuming. Did you know at one time Monet employed 10 full time gardeners at Giverny? 
  • I'm glad I bought the book. One visit isn't long enough to see everything. You need two or three visits, but failing that the book will do.
We came home after a nice bite of supper in an eatery at St. Pancreas, tired but happy! Great day out.