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Hi Everyone

A quick apology for my absence but several things have taken priority over the blog in the past few days. I have managed to produce some work for the Cayfest celebrations and I will post more about those soon.

The last few days have seen my husband locked away in his home office working on his new domain at TheCaymanHost.com (I don’t really understand exactly what his business is all about but it means he works from home so I’m not complaining) and I have been painting and banging nails and sawing wood for all I’m worth. We have been passing at meal times and collapsing into bed each night and falling asleep in mid conversation, him mumbling about Search Engine Optimization and me about sponsors and paintings!

I also have news of a big solo art show coming up…….I’m really excited about it and again, more news soon. Thanks to all the commenters, I promise to respond really soon 🙂

Have a great day everyone

Nickola

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The Easter weekend is well underway and the Million Dollar Run art show opened successfully on Saturday evening at the Morgan Gallery. The turnout was really very good and opening night proved to be one of the busiest in the gallery’s history.

I’m not at my most comfortable talking about my art, at least not in that type of situation and I busied myself ensuring that guests had champagne, wine, or water readily to hand whilst my husband worked busily away in the back tidying up the fallout of used glasses and empty bottles! I was proud of him, as he was there as a guest, but he’s not a man to shy away from any kind of work and I think he enjoyed the labour. Being a straightforward and no nonsense type, I’m always amazed that he can adjust to pretty much any social situation and he walked around mingling with the artists and guests alike, looking incongruous in his black stetson and denim yet seeming to fit in at the same time, just as he did the previous evening, attending the gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton, where he claims to have felt like a fish out of water.

As it turned out, both evenings were enjoyable, tiring, and thankfully successful for both the sponsors, charities,the gallery and the artists. “Bad Boys” made a very good price at auction on the Friday evening and I was pleased to sell one painting on Saturday evening called “Outlaws”. Several other artists made sales too, so several of us drove home happy!

Outlaws

Now it’s time to get busy for the upcoming shows at the Ritz Carlton and Cayfest so the frame building and stretching continues unabated. Today is the big race so we may find ourselves a spot on the shore to watch the main event and I think tomorrow, when the crowds are gone and the Easter weekend is over, our quiet spot on the beach, under the coconut palms will be an ideal place to take stock and enjoy a tranquil day away from paints and laptops!

Nickola

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I very nearly forgot to post  about my recent triumph in a poetry competition!

OK, that sounds rather boastful of me I know, but I’m the kind of person who rarely, if ever, wins competitions so I’m quite proud of myself. The main reason for posting was to thank Nicole Hyde for giving me the opportunity and to encourage people to go and have a look at her blog, Nicole Hyde Fine Art

Nicole is an artist from Colorado who states a preference for working in oils and if you can spare a few seconds I’m asking everyone to go and vote for a painting she has entered in the Saatchi Gallery Showdown – it is a very moody landscape and it would be great if we could help increase the voting for her – not that the painting doesn’t merit our votes, but hey, bloggers help bloggers right? You have only until April 9th, So – Click here to place your votes

Good luck Nicole and let us know how you get on.

I can’t wait to receive my prize – thanks so much – I shall put a picture up for all to see. Oh, and look out for future competitions at Nicole’s blog,  and you too might win one of her excellent paintings – just like me 🙂

Nickola

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The Million Dollar Race art exhibition is nearly upon me and I finally put the finishing touches on all my paintings this morning before driving them over to the gallery. In all I am displaying eight paintings of various sizes, all acrylic and all on canvas. My hands, arms, eyes, legs are all sore from the frame building, stretching and painting! Yes, I do stretch all my work, by hand, myself.

I am still not ready to show any of the eight pieces online until after the opening night of the show this weekend but I am posting a picture of the painting that will be auctioned tomorrow evening at the Ritz Carlton MDR gala dinner. It is called “Boys Toys” and has been done in a stained glass technique, for want of a better description. Let me know what you think!

Click Here For High Res Image Of Boys Toys

Boys Toys

That’s all for today – I’m beat!

Nickola

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MDR Invitation 

The fifth annual Million Dollar Run race is around the corner, on Easter weekend,6 to 9 April. The event, which comprises a powerboat race, poker hand and several glamorous parties, has grown to become a fixture on the spring calendar of both the Cayman Islands and the region.

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The above article from the Cay Compass fills in the details of the upcoming exhibition at the Morgan Gallery which opens on April 7 and will run until April 21. 

I am really pleased to be able to confirm that one of the paintings to be auctioned off at the annual gala at the Ritz Carlton to benefit the Junior Achievement charity will be mine, and specially painted for the event. I really hope that it will fetch a good price 🙂

The final preparations for the show have kept me hugely busy so I apologize for not being around to post as frequently as I would like. I’ve attached a copy of the invitations to the opening night and you can read more about the whole MDR weekend in the above article.

Thanks for visiting, I have to get back to work now!

Nickola

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Having been at the gallery for most of the day, this is the first chance I’ve had to really check the blog, and, naturally, this was the day that was quite busy on the commenting front! I’m not complaining, I like nothing more than to see some healthy activity and intelligent comments at Arteccentrix, so, thanks to everyone who took the time.

I’ve managed to get photographs of a couple of recent abstracts, the first one is “Icarus” which, although posted here a few days back was not a very good picture.

Icarus

The second painting which was painted at around the same time is titled “Newborn Tide” and although the theme is entirely different, the similarity in style is obvious. Both pieces are currently on display at the Morgan Gallery, as I will be myself for another couple of days! If any readers are out there, please do pop in and say Hi!

Newborn Tide

I hope you enjoy them and your  comments are always welcomed. Until next time.

Nickola

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Back in June of last year I wrote a piece about online art galleries. I think that after all this time, it’s about time to givea quick summary of what the passing of time has made apparent.

1) Hosted online galleries do not bring much in the way of sales of fine art. In the two years since the experiment of registering with several organizations the sum total of sales directly attributable to hosted galleries is four paintings. None of these individual sales amounted to more than a few hundred dollars. I won’t name the various sites, not wishing to denegrate any of their services. I relate this as purely my own experience.

2) There are now so many of these galleries, often hosting thousands of hopeful artisans, that the chances of a visitor stumbling across your work have become less and less likely. Information overload will overwhelm most people long before they make a buying decision.

3) What does sell is very likely to be at the very bottom of the price scale. Few people are willing to spend a lot of money on original paintings if they can’t see them up close and in person. This is quite understandable; I certainly wouldn’t do it, unless I was already very familiar with the artist and their work, and this is not likely to be the case for most artists trying to sell through these channels.

4) Serious art buyers go to galleries, read art publications and know what they like. You are very unlikely to tap into such a market through a free or paid gallery hosted by a third party.

So, is it all doom and gloom, are most starving artists destined to remain that way? (more…)

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