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 🙂