Thursday, July 16, 2009
ANNETTE AT THE WINDOW II is a 5x7 pastel on PastelBord. Bidding begins at $100.00 (and much to my chagrin, usually sells for that much. You don't know what a bargain this is).
So this is how this piece came about. I was teaching a small group of women in Chattanooga. We rented an empty store, which contained the remnants of the previous retailer: a couple of beautiful upholstered chairs, shelving creatively draped with fabric. Other than that, the room was virtually empty. We put Annette in front of the shelves, moved the chair around until we liked it, put a spotlight on Annette, and that's what you see now. Annette is not really at a window. She's facing a wall.
In the past, I've had prospective customers say, "Tell me about this painting. What's going on here?" I tell them the real story (like the one I just told you); I see their faces drop. I can see they had something wonderful in their heads already, and I just blew the sale. So nowadays, when I'm asked that question, I say, "The story is for you to make up."
And I just put my quotation mark after the period.