Saturday, November 27, 2010

Super show at Todmorden Mills

What a day from start to finish!  The light was magnificent
and bright this morning when Steven brought me my
coffee. He opened the curtains and the day looked so
dazzling.  Its secret?  Snow ladies and gentleman --
just a gentle dusting in Toronto, but enough that
when mixed with sunlight -- pow major wattage.

Early Mandarins in a Glass Bowl hanging on the wall at Todmorden Mills
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

Maureen Morrison (left) gives me a hug
before she takes my painting off the wall
and heads out of the DVAC 
Large and small picture show today.

So in a super mood we headed over to Todmorden
Mills so I could help sit the Don Valley Art Club
Large and Small Picture Show.  For people who
submit smaller paintings, like me in this case,
the point is that the buyer can take that painting
right off the wall, as soon as the cheque for the
right amount is safely in the hands of the people
on the payment desk.
Visitors enjoyed the show today, and 
make sure you get down there tomorrow.

Well -- I had just started my shift and was walking
around with my clipboard and red dots when someone
from the club tapped me on the shoulder and asked
if I knew what I was doing because she wanted to
buy a painting.  Well blow me over with a feather --
the painting she wanted to buy was mine!  Yep.
Naturally I let her, and we snapped a couple of
shots of the two of us amping it up before she
took my painting off the wall, and I ran back to
the car to get the replacement painting, you are
supposed to have handy.  I did.  Wish me good
karma on selling the others.  And if you are in
town head over to Todmorden Mills tomorrow
afternoon to do some Christmas or Holiday shopping.
There are probably 120 paintings in the show, and
all of the small ones have other paintings waiting in
the wings to pop up on the walls for the next
discerning art buyer.  The show is on next
Saturday and Sunday afternoon too from noon
to 4 o'clock. (I've been advised that it's also open
during the week staffed by Todmorden Mills
 Wednesday to Friday from noon to 4:30).

We came home and played cards with friends,
then Steven and I watched a romantic movie on
TV.  A perfect day all round.  Exciting and quiet,

For my friends in the southwest I'm hoping that
because I am a woman, and the artist who bought
my work (and by the way if you're in Toronto you
should go and check out her wonderful landscape
in her signature gorgeous blue) is a woman, that
we are holding up the feminist side of this art
discussion.  But I should mention that there are
many wonderful paintings in the show by men,
like Peter Adam, who I have shown with, and
my good friend Michael Steinhauser who was
there today, and too many more men and women
to name.

By the way the wall is not empty -- I replaced
the mandarins with this painting.
Nectarines on a pressed glass cake plate
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

To all of you in blogland, thanks for your good
wishes and support. 

Have a loving-your-artist-friends day.


Sheila Vaughan said...

What a fantastic idea, to replace a sold one immediately with a new one. I think that's too dynamic for the UK! (they would be thinking 'suppose the cheque bounces' and so on). Nice paintings Barbara. I love YOUR blue too.

Linda Popple said...

Congratulations on selling one and continued success throughout the show! Wish I could be there ..... would love to see your work in person!

eldon said...

Congratulations on that sale Barbara! And good luck with the nectarines. I'll head over to Todmorden Mills but it will be mostly in my heart. I'd love to see the show for real.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sheila,

I used to think it was a terrible idea. The only problem is that we don't have a method for telling the public that something was there that sold. In my experience red dots beget red dots etc. But this year I thought this is a brilliant idea, and co-operated to the fullest. Our club just does this for the one show. For all the rest we leave the sold work up. But both artists and the buying public love the replacement principle. Glad you love the blue. I love your vertical rule breaking stunning portrait.


Melinda said...

HA! You made me smile again.

Congratulations on the sale!! Bravo!

I'm doubly pleased that women are being represented and appreciated--as it should be.

It's so wonderful to sell a painting to someone who'll really appreciate it. I'm very happy for you.

Wishing you many red dots and much success!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks so much. It's running next weekend too, but not during the week,
and I hope it sells out.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

I wish there were heart travel. Of course there is, but if it were something I could just think about and do, I'd be traveling a lot, and would certainly see your shows.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Thank you. Yes there is something really lovely about selling to people who love your work. But then most people who buy it do, unless they're buying for someone else who does.

Glad I made you laugh. I guess you've got me thinking. Hmmm.


Astra said...

Just to clarify the show can be seen by the public during the week -the gallery is open and staffed by todmorden not DVAC-we have a sign up for people to contact us if they wish to purchase and have sold a couple of pieces in this way-so yes send people there during the week and todmorden hours to view your work.

Liza Hirst said...

Congratulations, Barbara!
I am very pleased for you and wish you good luck with the second painting, too. They are both beautiful!!

Marilyn Flanegan said...

Your paintings are pure joy. Congratulations on your show! Great concept in replacing the paintings as they are sold. genius.

cohen labelle said...

Barbara, what an amazing, celebratory day you had! Starting off with coffee in bed and a light dusting of snow and then administering your own red dot, yet - too, too, delightful. Congratulations!
love, Marciia

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Astra,

Okay thanks for that. I'll let them know.



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