Every once in a while when I am perusing deep in my archives of art photos I find images of paintings I did in university
. There are a few that I painted over that I wish I hadn’t, but over the years the tally of painting sales has added up as well. In this series of posts, I want to share a few old favourites. I will tell you a bit about each one, and if I can remember, where I sold them.
The first one up, I named “Peapod” (figure 1). It is just a fun abstract that ended up having a few elements of reality. People will naturally look for things in the painting that are familiar. In this case, yes, there was something that looked like a pea pod, but I think I realized this was happening before I finished the work, and I embellished the drip line that I made. I think I could have gone with the dolphin looking shape in the background as well. It kind of looks like it’s raining on a body of water in one area, and then there’s a partial dolphin jumping out of the water. Of course, the most obvious one that just jumps right out is the white face shape. I decided not to go any further with it. I didn’t have a great deal of confidence drawing facial features at the time, and I was quite happy with the painting in this state so I didn’t bother taking any risks with that.
Selling a painting is quite an emotional high for any artist I imagine, and this was no exception for me. I don’t cry or get ‘huggy’, but I certainly remember the venue it was sold at, and in this case, the modest price of $275. This painting was on display for a month at a coffee shop in Kelowna called “The Verve”. It closed down about a year after, but it was a good place for me to show my work. It was a relatively new shop so there wasn’t a lot of competition for space from other artists. I grew up in Kelowna, so I had a pretty good idea of places to look to hang my paintings, but I still had to go to quite a few places. Some spots, like The Bean Scene, had a 1 year waiting list, so I would put my name down for a month, and then go somewhere else. I never had any luck there.
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