A quick posting today as I have been working so hard on the painting front!
Three more paintings were delivered to the gallery last week – “Vertigo”, “Peek-A-Boo” and “Walks On Water” now reside at the Morgan Gallery. You can view them there or at my Arteccentrix online gallery. and I’ve includeda shotof Peek-A-Boo below to brighten things up a little.
I also took them two new paintings today, one named “Icarus” and the other entitled “Newborn Tide”. The reactions from people, as ever with my work, seemed mixed, but I am very pleased with them both and think they are some of the best I have done recently. I did expect some reservations, but I’m confident in their merit.
As I omitted to take any pictures before leaving them at the gallery there will be a delay in showing them online.
“Blue Moon” has finally been sold to one of my very loyal private collectors on the island – as it was a direct sale I was able to give him a keen price too. I’ve had this painting for a while now and in some ways I shall be sorry to see it go because it was one of the first pieces I completed in England.
The sale made me think of a conversation I’ve had with a few people lately – since I started selling through the gallery most of my work is displayed, unframed, on a stretcher. Because of the lighting system, glass is not a good idea and they prefer to display paintings with no adornments. I found this difficult at first because I have always liked to present my work “finished” (and to my own exacting standards).
It has been put to me that a lot of buyers prefer to frame paintings to their taste, and, that is as subjective a choice as the artwork itself. I suppose it is, although I like to feel I will choose the best framing options for my own work. After all, we all believe we have good taste, do we not? I have begun to see however, that where a painting is going to hang, what a person considers tasteful or stylish, what their interior design may be like etc. are all things that will affect framing/display choices. I concede that maybe it is sometimes best to leave it to the customer and save myself the not inconsiderable expenses involved. My husband told me to think of it along the lines of madly decorating a house before putting it on the market, despite knowing that as soon as new owners move in, they will want to change it all anyway – yep, he may not be private school educated but he loves an analogy! I’m kidding of course……not about school….the comparison is likely a valid one.
On the other hand, some buyers are totally put off by sloppy presentation so I guess the old adage of “know your market” applies in spades. I have a lot of faith in Geraldine at the Morgan Gallery who seems to know her customers very well and have become a lot more comfortable with her making the decision when it comes to the gallery exhibits.
So what do other painters feel? To frame or not to frame, what are your preferences?