Studio visit

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This weekend I had an email requesting a studio visit. The lady had been to a local restaurant where I hang my work and had bought a painting. Both she and her friend would love to see more of my work at the studio if they could.
I went in to meet them and they had a look through all of my work. They asked to see larger / smaller work, did I have any blue/grey paintings? Abstract? Boats? In the end they chose 3 paintings that they liked ( I even split a diptych) and asked if I could hold on to them while they spent some time in town as they were just visiting and wanted to have a look around. The woman who had bought a painting the previous evening asked if I would mind if she swapped the one she had chosen for another she had seen there as it would go so well with the one she had just seen and that they would pop back to the restaurant now and change/collect her purchase.
I waited all afternoon, they didn’t comeback and a call to the restaurant told me that she hadn’t taken any painting at all…..
I had an email late afternoon to say sorry, they had changed their mind.
I’m not sure what was going on, was it an afternoons entertainment, a bit of buyers remorse after perhaps a little too much wine? All I know is I felt a little foolish and embarrassed … Had they decided not to buy anything at all because they hadn’t liked me, or that all of my work seen together just dispirited them? Ridiculous I know, but it was a very strange day.

On another note… Researching information on my mothers dementia, memory problems in general, I was reminded of Odins ravens Huginn( thought) and Muninn ( memory) and had a try at a painting. I have paired it with the painting I tripped over when I broke my shoulder…I think I have found the seeds of a new batch of paintings. What a very strange few days it has been 🙂

4 responses to “Studio visit

  1. Sorry to read about the strange studio visit you received; I think the lady should have expanded on her explanation not to buy, especially since you spent so much time with them. Who can fathom the mind of a person who would act like that!

    • I don’t usually have people to my studio, only when I join in the local open studios , it was only because she asked particularly that I considered it. The other upsetting thing is that she went back to the restaurant and cancelled the purchase of the previous night ( I realise it might have been fuelled by alcohol ) …the whole visit being based on liking my work so much . I don’t think it was down to price either as I have been told my prices are far too low, but I like things to move so price accordingly. Very strange behaviour.

  2. I’m just catching up after being away for a couple of weeks so I’ve only just read your post Lynne. What an annoying thing to happen, it would put a dent in my mood I know, so I hope you’re doing ok. I guess that, as artists, we have to put ourselves out there and make ourselves a bit vulnerable, it goes with the territory, and that means exposing ourselves to the good, the bad and the ugly of the public. Sorry to hear your time was wasted, but I’m so pleased you posted this image of Huginn and Muninn; they are one of my favourite subjects and your painting of them is really one of the best I’ve ever seen. These two paintings look fantastic together, it’s a very confident and beautiful piece of work, I hope you’re jolly proud of them.
    I’ve never thought about Huginn and Muninn in relation to dementia but that’s a fascinating link you’ve made, I’ll ponder on that a good while.
    At least for every dud like this lady who messed you around, there are many more who love and value your work 🙂

    • Thanks Phil, it did rather dent my mood, but it won’t last long and you are right, just putting our work out there makes us likely to feel down occasionally .
      I’m pleased that you find the link between Odins Ravens and dementia interesting, especially poignant as an ancient poem has been translated as saying he was extremely worried when one of them went missing ( I can’t recall which one at the moment) so very like the process of loss that goes with dementia. As always thank you for your lovely comments 🙂

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