Wednesday, October 29, 2008

OK, My Turn Now...

Myrna and David have become famous overnight, having one of their incredible pieces in a museum. Always learning from the best, I decided to follow that path of fame.

Looking good, I dare say. I only wish people would stop taking photos of artwork in museums. It's truly and absolutely annoying, especially when one of them is facing the wrong way...

Wanna get your painting in a museum too? It's as easy as can be! Just go to this fun site, and you're in. No nasty jurors, no competition - you get the limelight all to yourself and bask in the glow. Nothing cures a wounded ego like self delusion.

Why wounded?

Oh, this painting of mine is hanging in our Annual Show (which is an incredible show this year!). It's one in a series, and some of you may recall its older brother, "Dust to Dust". But, this one is titled ""Lost Edges". Also, this one did not get an award.

What I did get is many, many encouraging comments from visitors to the show, fellow artists and - ah, tears are choking my throat - The JohnnyB voted for it as his favorite piece in the show! By now you know very well that The JohnnyB is never ever lying about this kind of stuff. In fact, he is the first to tell me when he does not appreciate an artwork of mine, no matter how proud I am of it.

Oh, and . . . one person, apparently, liked it so much that she kept going to the show to look at it.

She went and looked.

- - - And went and looked.

- - - - - - And went and looked.

- - - - - - - - - And went and looked.

And at the reception (held on Sunday), she bought it. She is a fellow artist, CookieA, a fun person, a wonderful artist (and - needless to say - has an exquisite taste in art ;-) and it is a huge compliment to know that my painting has touched her enough to want to have it in her house.

I am still thrilled.

I have entered this painting (together with two others) to the 2008 Statewide Watercolor Competition and Exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art. And, based on the good karma this visualization thingy seems to have brought Myrna, I decided to give it a try.

You never know...


HELENE J said...

I'm impressed!

JohnnyB said...

Looks good at that size!

RHCarpenter said...

Nava, you were either up against some very stiff competition or some very bad judges - this painting is wonderful! It really has such a feeling to it - I, too, could look at it again, and then again, and again. That's true art. I'm glad it found a good home and that you are visualizing the best (it worked for Myrna!).

michael-and-jello said...

That piece looks like it belongs there. I love the scale - time to think big!

David Lobenberg said...

Ain't selling art and becoming famous wonderful?!

Nava said...

Helene, Welcome to my blog, and thank you :-)

The JohnnyB, Yup, it does, even when it's cropped like that!

Rhonda, Thanks! Well, the visualization didn't work for me in this case, but - I am glad it's going to a good home.

Michael-and-Jello, Um... you mean, like... paint this big? Hmm - I'd have to do it on canvas. Don't want to frame such a huge piece.

David, It sure is.

Myrna said...

A GREAT POST! Oops I'm yelling. As they say is yiddish "It couldn't hurt". Actually, positive visualization is used in sports to improve performance. I think this helps with the karma thingy.

I have my fingers crossed for you.

Valerie said...

I’m not quite ready for the bigtime yet!!! :-D

Nava said...

Myrna, Hmm... well, karma and crossed fingers did not work for me this time, but - hey. there's always next time.

Valerie, Of course you are!!

Anonymous said...

If you can't see it you can't be it, right?

Now I can see you next to that other grandly sized Lobenberg in the Musuem of Splendid Art in Cyberville, USA.

Keep painting for yourself.

A wise friend told me once, " That every day is a good day for fishing, but not every day is a good day for catching".

Don't know how it is for you or other artists, but if someone else likes a piece that I've done, but I don't, it doesn't make me like it any more.
The same is true in reverse.

What makes up for all of the puzzling results is when one person stares and mulls and daydreams over a piece of yours and then buys it!
That's the one you want.

Nava said...

Bonnie, indeed, when you try to paint for others and please everyone, you end up pleasing nobody - least of all yourself. So, "Keep painting for yourself" is the best advice. I shall. said...

I like it - so hard to paint that big and get it right.

That Bonnie sure hangs with some strange talking people.

And despite what she says you don't always have to paint for yourself - you could paint a little one for me.

Holly Van Hart said...

Nava, your painting looks like it belongs in that museum! i love the creativity and mystery in this painting. bravo! Holly

Nava said...

Bill, I'd be honored to paint one for you - but I'll only do it in return for a bottle of that Big Timber potion.

Holly, Thanks. would be fun to paint this size. Maybe one day...

Sandy Maudlin said...

I do LOVE this painting. Glad it has a good home and I'm looking forward to the next one - which WILL surely win a prize, as this one should have! BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED.