12/2/10

Caswell Gallery, Quick Draw

"Lavender Pickers", 9x12" Pastel on sanded paper, Sold

Last night was the Caswell Gallery Quick Draw event in Troutdale, OR. The participating artists Michael Orwick, Pam Flanders, Mary Lou Epperson, Rip Caswell, and Eileen Holzman and myself had 1 1/2 hours to complete a piece as the patrons placed their silent bids and nibbled on goodies and sipped wine. It was a very festive event decked with holiday trimmings and live classical guitar music. When our painting time was up we ran back to Rip's studio to frame them, then bring our framed work out for the conclusion of the silent auction. Of course you can imagine that the oilies had a framing advantage over any pastel, but I must let you know that it only took me a sheer 7 min to frame it all up! I had staged the frame with all it's pieces ready for the final art, and in a jiffy was ready for the bidding war to begin!

Right from the studio with Gallery Director, Kathy Toynbee.

I was sure pleased with the final piece, and later found out it took the highest bid from the show! Now some of you may recognize this painted scene from a prior post because I have painted it a few times over....but let me tell you, it gets better every time. With a pastel in my right and a glass of red in my left, it was plenty fun!

8 comments:

loriann said...

Impressive Brenda..nothing like a little time crunch and an audience to get your painting mojo ramped up! No wonder it took the highest bid!

B Boylan said...

Thanks Loriann, I LOVE the chase of time! Makes for no thought and all gut!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Oh my gosh, it's fantastic!! Wonderful job on it.

B Boylan said...

Thanks Kimberly! :)

Nika said...

Wow, I can't believe you turned out such a perfect little beauty in such a short time. I'm not surprised it took the highest bid, congrats!

Celeste Bergin said...

whoa! I do remember your other painting that this one is based on...but this one seems even more beautiful (hard to believe that is possible...but there it is!) Congratulations---very COOL results and I know the new owner is blown away that they got to watch this happen in real time!

Cindy Michaud said...

Would love to know more about the event, am afraid I would freeze with the prospect! Too much wine and too little pastel would be the result!! Where can i get more info on the staging? Silent bid and live bid? Benefit or profit? Always looking for new ideas. Love the painting...I would have wanted it for sure!

B Boylan said...

Celeste, I always love hearing from you! Thanks for posting.

Cindy, the event was just for profit. When I say "staging" I mean that I prepared the frame with everything in place: cleaned AR glass, spacers, backing tape, backing paper, wired, point driver at the ready, tape and a certificate on the back. Whew!