"Landscapes? I didn't know you did landscapes!"
"You want landscapes? I can do landscapes for you."
"And I saw some of your long box construction pieces at another gallery... any chance we can get some of those?"
"Not a problem." (mental note to self for J to start building boxes... a studio side step that hadn't really found an audience.)
Later: "You know the best thing about your studio? There aren't big stacks of paintings sitting around!" That made me smile... I worked a long hard road to get to that point, to have enough galleries to store and occasionally sell the stuff. 'Course she didn't see my storage room with lots of rejects from along that road.
--------------------------<>---------------------------Well, there are a bunch stacked around now! Fourteen paintings were returned, mostly little guys, some old, some very new. Color, everybody wants color. Bokusho's are notoriously short on color... I now have a body of work to push on down the road... Atlanta, are you ready?
So what have I learned from this exchange? I've had two recent shows that featured mostly black and white (some red, a little ocher) and although both sold respectably, the older work is obviously preferred. I can dig that (volleyball expression recently acquired where a player reaches low and far for control of the ball.) These paintings from the Bokusho series are fine. They just have to find an audience that will appreciate them. In the meantime, I will focus on work that I know already has an audience... I aim to please... I can dig it!
PS... big grin... they kept a bunch of BIG stuff... I've long felt that so many little paintings proliferating most galleries meant I needed to focus on big!