First off, there is a new Cayman Blog on the block…..it’s in its early days but please pop over and visit Island Cowboy at his new blogger home -seems as though it will be a mixture of all kinds Cayman related chatter through the eyes of an ex pat. Could be interesting and there are always some nice island pictures to view.
Another bit of good news for me since returning home has been my first sale (of an original painting). I painted Mall Rats whilst in England and had already sold a similar styled work to a customer in Arizona. Since then Mall Rats has lived above our bed in the apartment in Helston. I picked it up on impulse last week and took it to show Geraldine at the Morgan Gallery – apparently a friend of hers saw it, fell in love with it, and bought it! It was one of those unexpected quick sales, because although I have always liked the painting, I didn’t really see it as a hot prospect in the gallery market place. Nonetheless I am glad it has found a new home and hope that the owners will derive much pleasure from it. Here it is in all its glory!
Since the whimsical “Bygone Cayman” series went on public display there have been a number of comments and they seem to have been well received even though a number of people have been shocked by such a departure from my recognized work. I feel it’s good to shake things up now and again and although the paintings may not be to some people’s taste, they do represent another step in my personal life and do hold a lot of meaning for me. The expected criticism (i.e that they are blatantly commercial) has not been voiced to me although I have no doubt that some folks will view them in that light. As I write this I have received a mail advising that”Rush Hour” has just been sold by the gallery – commercialism? Maybe, but a girl and her family have to eat and I hope that this painting too will bring endless pleasure to its new owner. This is one of the works being made available as a high quality giclee so, in a sense, it is not gone forever!
The six paintings were displayed recently at the Celebration of Art, an annual festival, held in aid of the National Gallery, this year at Pageant Beach, alongside the Wharf Restaurant. Although none of my work was sold at the event, I do have the prospect of a new commission from someone interested in a similar style of work on a larger scale. All in all it’s been a successful week workwise and, I hope, a sign of more good things to come.
Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me at the Arteccentrix blog through a long period of inactivity and also to everyone who has sent me their kind words both in comments and emails.