My art opening was titled “CHANGES” and was a resounding success! Held on November 21, at least 40 people came to the show and a member of the board declared it a hit and said attendance was record setting for the town. He also extended the period for the show through the new year!
I had prepared a bulletin that I handed out to attendees that had a mini bio explaining my passion for art and how due to my medical issues, I had a ten year hiatus from it. It also had blurbs for each piece that I adapted from Fair View Art. These came in very handy as attendees poured over them as they looked at each piece. This way, questions were more probing and interesting. One person asked how I got over my confidence problem. I said that I used the Chinese Wet Market piece, because after all the drawings of fish that I had done, if I could not draw a pile of fish heads, then I was done for. I pointed out which fish head I drew first. Then of course, I had to mention the support of the vast number of friends that also went into it along the way, which I never could have done it without!!! You know who you are!
[Cristiano - remember when I had painted just the white and thought the painting was ruined? And you came over and told me how the pink eyes would just POP! That really helped me tons! Thanks amore!]
I got some really great compliments on my work such as one person said that they had been to a show of a famous artist earlier that day, whose works sold for $60,000 and they commented that they thought my work was far better. Another tall male teenager who was there said that he was never interested in art and if he saw another landscape he was going to barf. He was in love with the fish heads painting and wondered why more artists don’t paint interesting things like that?
Favorite works included the Chinese Wet Market, Cock, Koi [with the new technique I developed], the Egyptian twins, the black, blue and red butterfly tail gold fish, deer, the Siamese cat with ball, fuscia, foggy landscape and miniata groupers.
Mostly people who have known me for a long time felt that I was with holding some great secret that I should have shared with them. [?] How does one respond to that?
Anyhow it was a wonderful evening and I was so happy! [and tired!]