IMG_4712  I’m nearly finished this one (I hope).

It was meant to go in the Rotary Exhibition (see post, below) but I realised that I had grossly under-priced it and the organisers were unable to change the price, so “withdrawing” it was the only option.

The tricky part is that it does other artists a disservice to under charge as it lowers the general value of art locally.

I found this out the hard way. Not wanting to be greedy, I’ve put what I thought were reasonable prices on works, but which, if you do the math, turned out to be something like $10 an hour. Without replacing my materials. After a stiff lecture from artist friends, I could see how underpricing devalued the work of everyone else in the artistic community.

It’s a big painting, 900 x 600. I expect you will see her at the Calvin “Art and Soul”  or Hobart City Mission Fundraiser, Long Gallery, Salamanca..

“Pouring Light” 2013. Based on time spent with the Amish and Plain People in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I wanted to portray the dignity, beauty and love which imbue ordinary duties when we value our vocations.

God is full of surprises.

August 10, 2013

Return of Noir Canard Growing Things  The two paintings I entered sold last night at the Opening of the Rotary Charity Exhibition at Wrest Point. There are over 400 pieces on display there, making it by far the biggest – and certainly most “posh” – exhibition I have entered so far.

It was fun taking my grand-daughter, Eve, along.  I think she was especially gratified when the painting “of her” received its little red “sold” sticker.

I am always astounded when one of my works sell. There were so many there so much better. So many artists more experienced. Their art is so “confident” and mine still rather hesitating. When viewing one of my paintings in such a setting, I long for a few more moments to touch up areas that still don’t satisfy me.  For both to sell at the actual Opening Party, only a few minutes after it was opened for purchases, was thoroughly astonishing.

My only explanation is: “God wanted them to sell”. For which I am humbled and grateful.  I guess it means I will keep painting!

Any suggestions for the next Noir Canard?

“Growing Things” 2013.  My granddaughter during her first summer living in the Huon Valley, discovering the joy of harvesting growing things, and of having plenty of room to grow.

“The Return of Noir Canard” 2013.   This is one of an ongoing series informed by my love of classic films