Day 4:I knew I was going to have to spend most of the day framing all of these paintings so far, so I didn't venture anywhere far out. I walked around for a while to try and find something interesting to paint downtown that hopefully wasn't painted too often. I found a neat Spanish-style building with interesting lighting on it. I think I captured the light and color of the scene. Unfortunately the design ended up being horrible. Especially with the frame I used, every focal point ended up near the edges of the painting! It may work in a floater, otherwise it didn't make the cut.
Day 5:Now that the painting was over, the hard part begins: selling all these bad boys! But first, who is going to take home the awards?
ConclusionSo last year I brought up the notion of the lack of sales in the event. Things really haven't improved in my opinion. Although there were some people who did especially well(Go Anton Pavlenko!), I think sales actually may have dropped from last year, judging by my very unreliable/unscientific research of looking at the bid sheets, even with the weather being more cooperative. All I can say is, get rid of the silent auction. I don't think they are effective ways of selling art. They confuse people, they train people to look for a deal, and the artists end up selling less work. This event is always trying to improve, so I hope they take the advice of many artists in agreement and dump the silent auction format once and for all.
See you in Colorado!
Drawings For Sale
Prints For Sale