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!
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?