Well this was a very hectic and exciting day. Actually they have all been hectic and exciting. Had to have four pieces installed in the gallery by noon so that the judges could judge for best in show etc (which I didn't win but didn't deserve to either). But I also had to cut mats and frame the works on paper unlike the oil painters who simply pop their panels into a frame. And I wanted to do one more painting to bring my total up to nine. So I started at 7 this morning and painted a farm which had every typical barn form strung out along a ridge in the landscape. A SILO, A DUTCH GABLE, A ROUGH HEWN LOG BARN, A CHICKEN COUP, SEVERAL SIMPLE BARNS, AN OPEN SIDED HAY DRYING SHED, AN ARCHED TOPPED GREENHOUSE THING. At ten it started to pour with rain so I headed to the gallery to frame and do my paperwork for tonight;s auction. At one I went back and finished the painting. At four I went back to the beach house and ran into the lake instead of taking a shower. At 5 I was back at the gallery for the premium pass holders preview sale. Sold 3 of the 4 on the wall. At 6 the walls were replenished with work from the stores so that everyone still had four on the wall. At seven the ticket buying collectors filed in and the silent auction began The painting of the farm that I did today, 10 x 30" watercolor on panel started at $1250 and eventually sold for $4000.
I never even had it long enough to take a photo of it. Altogether I have painted 9 paintings this week. Displayed 8 sold 6 and am pretending one of them never happened.
Tomorrow is the final day for me here, beginning at 6 with a return to Fish Creek to stake out my spot for the 2 hour "quick paint" competition that starts at 9. Then there will be the live auction at noon so I'll have an hour to get my painting framed and hopefully I'll remember to photograph it and post it to the blog. Then in the afternoon its the exhibition opening to the public and a party for the artists. And I have to go to Edgewood Orchard Galleries sometime during the afternoon to say hello and drop off new works from Maine.
I am looking forward to resting in a few days on the plane over to see Dad and the Olympics in London.