The Everyday Life of a Working Artist


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Monday, July 20, 2009

Artists Reception

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City Hall Reflections
Oil, 8" x 6" on canvas panel.

Last night was the Artist's Reception at Gale's Restaurant. It was an amazing experience and one I will never forget, especially considering it was my first show. I showed up early with nine new paintings and some how Gale managed to hang them all before the reception started. She and her husband Rene are amazing people and they really know a lot about art. And selling art! Gale commented that she often sells more art than galleries and I absolutely think that is true! So many wonderful people showed up and I sold a lot of paintings (15 total in the first week). Thanks to everyone that attended the reception and purchased one of my paintings. I am truly honored!
I really enjoyed talking to everyone about my art. I met a lot of Gale's loyal customers who are great collectors. Two people told me my prices were too low (no one said they were too high) which makes me think they were priced just right. My proudest sale went to Ray Turner and Sally Storch. They bought the "Big Reds" painting from yesterday's post. Both are AMAZING artists and were each featured in American Art Collector this year (on the cover, thank you). I am so touched they would want to own one of my paintings given the amount of talent they both have! They are the two most successful artists I know!
I am really intrigued as to which paintings sell first and which ones I could have sold many times over. It is a science and I doubt I will ever figure it out. But it is fun trying! If you would like to see my paintings at the show click here.
We also went to the Cold Play concert on Saturday night. Dave and I marveled that we were at a rock concert with our 18 year old son and his girlfriend. Neither one of us could have imagined going to a concert with OUR parents when we were 18. Unfortunately I still don't think we are as cool as we think we are ...


Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

What a great news. I am proud for you.

Angela Elledge said...

Much congratulations and continued success for you, Leslie! I have always struggled with the $ part of painting, I certainly can't ever recoup the time and effort I, and I'm sure you, put into a painting, but I do enjoy the process of stretching, learning, and growing as an artist. Oh, so right you are about the science of what and when something sells...Again congratulations to you!!

I completely forgot to mention your Reflections painting; superb!

ben wideman said...

I was also at the Coldplay concert. Awesome, right?

I really like this painting a lot! But I don't think I've ever seen an umbrella in front of city hall!

Congrats on your show.

Carolina said...

Hi Leslie,
I'm so glad you had such a success on your first show! On your sales, and recognition, and in meeting great people... Congratulations!

Oh, and this painting is one of my favorites of yours, those pink splashes and the green in the background... unbelievable!

Best regards,

David Parker said...

Congratulations on your show and this painting. This is a great piece.

Diana Marshall said...

Congratulations on your show and selling so many paintings, you must be on cloud nine!

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Congratulations on your show there isn't a high that can beat someone liking your work so much they are prepared to buy it. Love this painting :)

Art with Liz said...

Oh absolutely well done on the show and the sales and the accolades. You so deserve all of them - you are an incredible artist!

Karen Bruson said...

Leslie, Congratulations on selling 15 paintings. They look great! It is no surprise that they sold.

Tammy Hext said...

Congratulations on the show and the sales. It is great to see that you reaped some reward for all your hard work.

Dana Cooper said...

Congratulations on your show and the sales, that is really wonderful! Painting is your passion to be sure, and I feel that if you paint what you love, the buyers will come!!

SC Shisler: said...

Great work Leslie! It's wonderful to see that your passions are enthusiastically received by other artists. Your dedication is incredible, and your talent even more so. Way to go!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Congratulations on the show and the sales. Whooo whooo. Love this painting too. When something sells, it is such a great affirmation of the work you do. Wishing you continued success.

Karen said...

No, you are way cooler than you even think you are. :)
Congrats!!! on the show and the sales!!

Becky Brocato said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting, Leslie! Well done!


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