Admittedly, my posts have been thin or non-existent. Sorry. Just so busy a time.
Sunday night was the MFAF southwest art auction. (Don't worry--the festival will be over soon and I'll get back to actually focusing on art!) Anyway, I donated the piece from which their poster was made--a 30 by 30 inch panel called "Evening Colors". I had high hopes for the piece bringing a good bit for the festival. But with the economy this year, I was a little nervous that it might not do too well. So, throughout the silent auction and 49 pieces into the live auction I got nervous about whether it would sell well. I even asked Rees if maybe I should get someone to bid up to a certain amount and I would buy the painting back, as I didn't want it going for mere cents on the dollar. He told me not to worry. There was interest.
Rees was right! They opened the bidding at $1000 and about 20 paddles went up. Musicians, locals, and past locals were bidding--a lot. To make a long story short--or at least not so long--the piece went for $6000!!!!!--way more than I've ever sold a piece for! I was ecstatic! More than twice my retail price. Don't worry--patrons--I'm not raising my prices but it sure was fun to have one go for so much! Thanks to all the aggressive bidders! I do appreciate it.
Guess I'll have to give MFAF a good one next year.