Sales to America, bartering in the UK, and the mysteries of local 'art' societies
Portrait of a February girl Oil on board 41x30cm.
I'm having to dismantle my studio in preparation for moving to a new one nearby and thus have a lot of old paintings to shift about. So, to sell three to an American collector in California, plus bartering three to a local firm for a new high-quality roof on the new studio is quite useful.
Also Sarah and I are revamping my Blog facility; once this is accomplished, I will post images of the 6 paintings involved.
Meantime, above is the latest painting rejected by the Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society. I sometimes wonder if the people who sit in judgement on others think the definition of 'Art' is simply something they like and which fits in with their own particular prejudices? I should like to hear their honest definition of Art!
A surprising example (for me at least) of an early stage in a painting which I decided to leave under the theory that 'less is more' (advice I usually find hard to follow). It is therefore mainly a monochrome work and 'raw'. Loving black & white photography, I felt it worked remarkably well. Consequently it was submitted to The Royal Academy (for their 'Raw' summer show show a few years ago); needless to say rejected in preference to work much of which seemed to me to be trite, arch and not in the least raw. Others twisted 'raw' to 'roar' and 'war' for example - literary games that, I have to say, leave me cold.
I liked the work so much that I gave it a splendid expensive frame. It is consequently quite heavy.