Tuesday, October 29, 2013

out of the blue


A couple of days ago I was surprised by an email asking if the painting Selkie Sea was available to purchase. It was surprising because I don't have much of an internet profile other than the blog and you friends who are kind enough to visit here.

The only places some pieces of my work can be seen are the generally abandoned shop I opened on Etsy in 2009 and the site on Fine Art America where I've posted a few paintings that can be bought as greeting cards or prints. I've never sold much at either place (FAA is where I go when I want to print some cards to send), the chief reason being that I don't use social media platforms. The idea of trying to sell my work makes me very uncomfortable.

However, when I post a picture on the FAA website there's a little box I can check that will say that the original is for sale. A couple who live in Maine saw that I'd checked 'yes' in that box and sent me a message. The painting was here safely packed away in one of my portfolios but today it's on its way across the border to its new home in a seaside cottage across the border.

Sometimes we learn that something we've done has made someone happy.

They sent me the lyrics to a story/song I'd never heard.

14 comments:

  1. Only sometimes? I wouldn't miss reading your posts for the world.

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  2. Congratulations on your sale! It feels good, doesn't it? A lovely piece that has found a new home.

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    1. At this rate I'll be making a living as an artist by the year 3713.

      Good homes are hard to find.

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    2. By which time art will be moot because of our pills and hive brains.

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    3. Would that be trans-humanism or sub-humanism?

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  3. ok..... same as what
    Tom said.

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  4. Good for them...and I love the idea of your wonderful pieces finding homes and other eyes to enjoy them. I still have your dragon painting from years ago - in a prominent place in yet another house now. Always generates a long look and a smile.

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    1. I'm delighted to know the painting of that strange meeting has enjoyed a good home for so long. You're one of my longest term fans :)

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  5. Yes, if I had a seaside cottage, it's the kind of picture I'd like to put up - to remind me why I'd acquired the cottage, on days I couldn't go to the shore for any reason. It's a very fine composition, drawing you out to the horizon and sky, with the naked girl in foreground looking as if the water is rather cold for her toes, and the rock too rough for her behind. Her discomfort contrasts markedly with the at-homeness of the gambolling seals, making the cottage-owners feel all the cozier under their warm roof, glad to be spectators rather than toe-dippers.

    I like the way your pictures open themselves to interpretation, tell their own dynamic story.

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    1. Thank you so much, Vincent. One of my favorite things when composing the elements of a painting has been to have individuals of different species interrelating in unexpected ways. None of us are so far removed from each other that there can't be mutual recognition - well, among mammals anyway.

      That you see the elements of an untold story pleases me greatly.

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  6. What a lyrical, big hearted story! It's no surprise that these folks thought of it when they saw your gentle picture. It has indeed found a good home :0) Now I want to memorize the story and learn the song. I think story and song would go well with my harp.

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    1. Wasn't that a great one? I'd love to witness your performance of the song :)

      Today we saw seals resting on rocks at low tide while others swam around.

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