Listening to news coverage of the newly discovered mass of masters paintings in Germany...journalists and art enthusiasts keep referring to them as "Paintings". When I hear that word I think of what I do and many current career artists. That these are paintings, painted with a brush on canvas and start out as some guy painting a picture. Who would ever imagine either 300 years ago or now that a single painting could be worth millions and be stolen, auctioned, hidden, coveted, sought after, fought over, sued over, murdered over, en car created over, cried over, laughed over, detectives hired to find, museums spend millions to seek out and aquire, etc, etc.
My point is that many people poopoo an artist they see sitting there doing a work, poopoo them as just an artist. Just a silly goof off who should go get a job.
My msg to all is: when you see an artist try to have some respect, and when you see a painting that moves you...buy it. even if you have to finance the purchase...it will be worth it. for many reasons.
Looking back on where it all began.
30" x 40" oil on canvas
This was the first painting I ever sold as an artist in oil painting.
Feeling reflective this morning. Looking back on the last four years and where it all began. This was the first oil painting I ever sold. Untitled, 30"x40" oil on canvas, it was very airy and tranquil. I was really just getting the feel of the brushes flowing through the oil paint. I recall that while still woking at the bank I posted this on kijiji on the advice of Luisito, a co-worker. It sold in less than a week for 275.00. I was so surprised at the sale that I neglected to note down the buyers name! I regret that to this day. She was a nurse from Sarnia. She sent a friend all the way to my home in Whitby to pick it up and pay for it and then he drove all the way back on the same day! That was dedication to a painting. It changed my perspective on what art means to people forever.
I went on to posting another and another and another over the following weeks and continued to sell quickly.
There is no doubt that all artists have their own insecurities and I am no different. I wake up every single morning wondering if the last painting I sold was the LAST one I WILL ever sell. Call it an artists curse or whatever you choose but it is what keeps this artists feet planted firmly on the ground. I have never and never will assume that sales will continue, rather, I thank God from the bottom of my heart and I always pray with earnest that another one will sell today. I trust him for the rest.
I am grateful and sincerely appreciative deep deep in my heart for every single painting that is purchased. To date there have been well over 200. I lost count last year.
Will it continue? I don't know. I pray that it will. I love painting and I love seeing my work on the walls of homes and businesses all over Canada and some in the United States. There are even some in the UK.
My studio is currently jammed with new works and ready to be shown. You are more than welcome to visit and see them in person.
email@example.com to make your appointment.
On June 3rd, 2010 we enjoyed a wonderful new (for robertmcaffee.com) way of presenting art. We were invited to present 25 paintings at a private party at a home of one of my most faithful supporters. Gusts arrived, enjoyed fine food, fine wine, fine music and 25 of my paintings. In the end many paintings were taken to new homes where they will have happy lives with their new owners. It was a wonderful success and I would like to express thanks to the Henderson's for their continued support of my work and passion.
As it was so successful I have decided that I would make my art available to any one who wishes to stage an art show in their home. Be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do an art event in your home.
The Artists Journey
This is my blog page and it is where I get to be the opinionated man that I really am. The views are my own.
I invite your replies and comments, on my virtual welcome mat.
This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.