Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In Season

©A.K.SIMON - In Season - 10"x10" oil on linen - SOLD

About a month ago I painted this painting. It was based on a small sketch I did with the upstairs painters. I love how this turned out - loose and a sense of place and space. This is one I submitted for jurying into the All Ohio Show at the Zanesville Ohio Museum of Art. Well, it failed to meet whatever the standards are for this year. I was bummed because I thought it really commanded some attention (of course I did). But, this Saturday at a show I did in German Village, OH this was the first painting to sell. The gentleman looked at it, didn't hesitate and said, "I want that, frame and all." When we finished the transaction, I said, "thank you so much for supporting my work." He said, "no thank you for painting it."  Makes you want to cry right? We all know how hard we work for this validation.

Sometimes I wonder if works are pre-screened for big shows and the juror only gets to see what the event planners want them to see. Sour grapes? I'm not so sure, because this is a small painting and probably wouldn't bring in much for the museum. But after selling paintings for years I have realized that the universe works to get the paintings exactly where they should be. Long story short, I need to get busy painting because it was an awesome show. It was a ticketed event and people came to appreciate art and artists - how awesome is that?!

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