The next painting I would like to talk about did not ever sell for money. It’s actually right beside me in my living room as I write this. Although this painting fails to meet the criteria I have set for myself to include it in this post, I have made an exception for one reason.
In 2009, I chose this painting to be included in my Graduate Art Exhibition at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. As I mentioned in my other post, How to Make Money Selling Art I did not sell anything in this show! However, one thing I failed to mention is that my painting, Coffee, Stool & Batteries (figure 1), was selected for the Travelling Exhibition at the Vernon Art Gallery. To me, this was almost as good as a sale. It meant more exposure, and the prestige of being chosen by whichever professor or curator was in charge!
I like this painting because of the creative, lively flair of a background to compliment the straight, rigid still life. I could never put my finger on it before, but there is a connection between all the little circles and the coffee cups. I’ll give you a hint: it is the reason coasters were invented! I just love all the coffee cup stains flowing across the canvas! I think if I had realized it at the time of executing the work, I would have made the connection more obvious. Oh well, I’m telling you now: you should like the background because it is made up of coffee cup shaped coffee stains!
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