The idea of exhibiting at our local Gallery last week was to try to sell some of the 'practice' pieces I've produced over the last few years. Some were created specifically as competition/exhibition entries and others simply to demonstrate my style of work to people considering commissioning portraits.
My studio is crowded with works that I'm bored with looking at. I need to free up wall space for new work so I was happy that two of the originals sold
and Grace - the Silver Poodle I photographed at a local Dog Show a while back. I'm not sure if the picture was bought by Grace's owner (which would have been nice) but in any event she has gone to a new home
I also sold several photo prints of my work - some in frames and some simply in mounts with cellophane wrappers so - good result and my banker (David) was happy! All my business cards were taken so hopefully there will be some commissions in the pipeline in the future.
Then this morning I had a call from a lady who saw my work at the exhibition last week. She went home and checked my website but decided she couldn't afford to commission a bespoke portrait just yet and wondered if the spaniel pastel was still available as it reminded her of her own dog. It is still available and so will be delivered by David tomorrow as the lady lives just a short drive from us.
Reggie the dog will be en route to Singapore at the weekend. One of three for the same client but the other two will be finished/shipped together at the end of April. I'd intended to make this a mid sized portrait just head and shoulders but have actually extended the body and will ship it with the larger mount/mat so the recipient can decide which she prefers when its presented (its a surprise)
This is cropped to where the larger mount/mat fits
and if she prefer less body showing she can swap to a smaller mount/frame which will look something like this: