I received really great news last week – my original painting “Autumn Smiling” has been accepted to the Great 8 Exhibition sponsored by the Kansas Watercolor Society and held annually at The Wichita Center for the Arts. This is another great national exhibition, on par with the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition (that I had a painting also accepted to this year). Unfortunately, I’ve just determined that I won’t be able to deliver my painting to the exhibition…
Autumn Smiling, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30″ (lots of great metallic gold/copper highlights in the trees).
As it turns out, I didn’t double check with the gallery that has this painting to ensure that it was available. This is a large, major painting of mine in this particular gallery, so I never thought it wouldn’t be available – I mean, no one has called me up to tell me that it had sold! Well, it had – sort of. Apparently it had been sold quite awhile ago to someone on a sort of “payment plan”. Meaning, the painting was no longer in the gallery and the buyer was making payments over a period of time.
Well, I contacted the gallery and tried to work something out with the buyer (loan it to the Exhibition and if it sold, I’d create a more fabulous commission painting to replace it). No go. So, later this week I’ll have the joy of calling up The Wichita Center for the Arts to tell them my painting won’t be there. And, to cap it off as my biggest mistake of the year, the normal “punishment” for not delivering a selected painting is that I’ll not be eligible to submit entries for this Exhibition for the next two years.
I’d love to have closer communication with my galleries on activity with “major” paintings they have, but I really should have double-checked with them before entering this painting. I’m extremely disappointed, but am really responsible for this mess – sure a great example of learning my lesson the hard way!
I do have this painting available as a Limited Edition print, complete with optional hand-applied metallic watercolor highlights, so let me know if you’d like one for yourself… it seems to be quite popular at the moment!