Thursday, June 23, 2011

Portrait of Joel - Sold!

Well, last week was pretty frantic, rushing to get Joel's portrait finished in time for the exhibition. In contrast, this week has been a bit of an anti-climax. It's a little like the aftermath of end-of-term exams - a deflated feeling persists and I'm at a loss, itching to get into the next project, yet searching for direction.

It was while I was drifting, with possible future pictures floating in my mind, that the good news came - first of all, from a dear friend - that Joel's portrait was sold in the exhibition, this morning! Bittersweet news!! Don't get me wrong - I'm delighted to have made this sale for a number of obvious reasons. For a lot of artists, however, it can be a bit of a wrench to part with creations which embody a part of one's soul and, when that creation happens to be an image of one's own child, the feelings are mixed, to say the least.

But, no problem - I can paint another one! In fact, I will!! Now just to decide which one of those many ideas to tackle first...


  1. Congratulations, Vicky! I imagine it must be especially hard to part with a picture of your own child but the fact that it sold so quickly
    is a testament to the beauty of your artwork Would you belive I almost wrote heartwork by accident! Then again, perhaps heartwork is a fitting word, after all :) I feel this way when I write poems - it's heart work.

  2. Thank you so much, Mary, for your support - I really do appreciate it.

    I didn't know you wrote poems - I love poetry! Do you have any of them on your blog? I'd love to read them:)

  3. Hi Mum.
    I am glad that the picture of joel got slod.

    From Melanie xo xo

  4. You sold Joel!!! Congratulations. Good job you get to keep the real Joel. I will have to get you to draw my picture soon otherwise you will be too busy and famous to do it!! I am so pleased and happy for you. I wonder who is going to enjoy looking at Joel every day. I hope he brings them a lot of joy.

  5. Thank you, Sue and Melanie!

    I hope he brings joy to his new owners, too. At the moment, the real Joel is smothering me with kisses so I'm can be happy about saying goodbye to the paper version!

    Yes, Sue - tell me your ideas for your picture! I'm looking forward to getting started:)

  6. Congratulation! I was delighted when I heard. I can't wait to see your next picture now.

  7. Thank you, Immy. Yes, it's amazing how motivating a sale can be! I'm working inside my head, at the moment, sifting through ideas and planning. This is the silent stage where it looks like nothing is happening but it's probably the most important part of a picture:)


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