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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Here comes the sun...

Here comes the sun... 4/23/2011 acrylic wash monotype, rice paper on canvas 16 x 8 inches

Detail
I finished this little one yesterday afternoon, the multiple layers of paint create such stunning depth...it's so much prettier in person...I have it finished just in time to include it in our end of month reception at Moonlighting this Friday night (4/29), I might try to finish up one more, maybe...just maybe...
Left to Right, Ken Nichols, Fred Wellner, Laura Wellner, Suzanne Masters

 Last Sunday afternoon, the four painters of Moonlighting Gallery visited Cafe 407 on Tulip Street in Liverpool NY to paint a painting for a fundraiser for Ophelia's Place (event yet to be determined.)

The finished painting

detail

detail with critter that My Fred made

I think this is my favorite spot...

Another favorite spot

It's just interesting to see how we blend our styles on the canvas

another detail of a favorite spot...
 So many nifty little places for the eye to wander into and rest for awhile, thinking...

We've been doing this project since we started our partnership at Moonlighting, starting a painting, and then passing it around amongst ourselves or to other painters we know...we have about a dozen paintings so far, and it is our intention to do a reception at the gallery someday, have a silent auction, and donate the money to a good cause...fun stuff!

3 comments:

Curio said...

Love your concept and I could so get lost in this collaborative piece. Beautiful!

Barry said...

L- great concept and also very good outcome - pays to have a bunch of quality artists. How do you do the auction and can overseas people join in. Thanks for sharing the detailed images of the painting - shows the vibrance of it. B

Laura J. Wellner (author pseudonym Laura J. W. Ryan) said...

Funny you should ask about the auction, Barry. The concept is great, we loved doing it, and the painting turned out so fantastic we were surprised...almost like we planned it. The auction was intended to be a community silent auction held at the cafe at a fundraising event, but...BUT...the cafe owner has decided to keep the painting instead (because she loves it too much.) I have mixed feelings about this. It's nice that she loves the painting and she will have it prominently displayed for everyone to see when they come to the cafe, but we did do it with the specific intention to raise money for her cause. There's a lesson to learn here and it's just plain awkward. It was a verbal pledge on our part (nothing in writing)...and no one wants to be stinkers about it because she's a friend and wants to help our gallery get exposure in the community. Now she has a free painting and we have free advertising for our gallery and collaborative paintings. With that in mind, there is a possibility of future events in which a painting will be created during a special event and a silent auction to follow after the painting is completed...to have this first painting hanging there offers future bidders a sample of what we can do. Which raises another issue...which I have experienced with fundraising using artwork...the art is very often undervalued by bidders (they're looking for bargains, like people who go to auctions do.) A painting worth $5000 at a commercial gallery, might sell for $100 at a silent auction fundraiser. Pitiful, but true...and a chronic frustration for working artists. I've learned over the years to be realistic about this sort of thing...but sometimes it still stings when expectations are not met.