Last week's auction on Dulcinea was a great time - we're looking forward to Round 2!
Before I say anything else: a big thanks to those who bid (and won!) and also to those who reached out to let us know what paintings they'd like to see put up for auction. If you haven't told me yet what your favorite painting(s) is/are, please do so now! Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org! We haven't finished deciding what will come up next in this Crazy Auction series, so your input will be carefully considered!
Without further ado: Today's 2nd Crazy Auction painting is Tea and Twine!
Tea and Twine
14"x11" oil on canvas
If you're familiar with my still life portfolio, you know that I tend towards painting more formal scenes. This still life was a little more playful for me, with the more casual elements and brights colors. Here I let the few simple objects speak for themselves. In keeping with my theme of spouted vessels, I chose the tea kettle mostly for its popping and vivid color! A sort of tea time feeling came through with the buttery color of the twine...
A kettle and some twine have a practical feeling, but clearly there's time for enjoyment when it comes to stacking sugar cubes!
I can see this painting in a kitchen, a breakfast nook, a dining room, a sitting room... and anywhere that could use some beauty and warmth and the kind breath of calm and cheer that comes with a peaceful pause on an afternoon.
We have updated the rules slightly, so please read through below!
This is the auction page! Please read the rules at the bottom of this post and leave your bids in the comments! Good luck!
oil on canvas
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This auction will close tomorrow, Friday the 16th, at midnight!
When I painted this still life many months ago I was working, as usual, in my mezzanine-level studio in the Old Town Hall in Lancaster. Usually, my studio is a very solitary space. But that summer, there was a community theater working in the hall, practicing their music just beyond and below the curtains that form the southern wall of my studio. The performance they were preparing was Don Quixote. As I painted away during those days, the themes of valor, optimism, inspiration, and "tilting at windmills" were wafting around me. The beautiful melody about the leading lady, Dulcinea, was what ended up finding its way on to this canvas here. The silver of the tea service became the armor of a knight, with the blossoms representing the inspiring loveliness of his muse.
oil on canvas
This piece will be included in an upcoming exhibit at the Whistler House Museum of Art, most likely in 2021 (original dates for this exhibit were this fall, but of course this exhibit was postponed).
I am offering it for pre-exhibit purchase now, via auction, here on this blog!
The auction starts tomorrow morning, Thursday, October 15, at 8:30 am.
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It has been a crazy year for us all, this thing we call 2020!
In response we have had to be creative and get a little crazy ourselves
So many events and plans have been canceled and disrupted this year, and it has been true for us too! Many live painting events were canceled or delayed as well as all of the in-person art sales and in-person art sale opportunities to which we were looking forward. As I'm sure you know, art sales are how an artist makes his money. This state of affairs has left us with a bit of an earnings gap - right when we were trying to make arrangements for our first home purchase AND we have recently learned - to our joy - that our fifth little one is on the way!
Well, this is when some good news comes in for you. Since some of these beautiful paintings have not made their way out into the world due to lockdowns and other sundry causes, we have some big plans to release them now, in rapid fashion! Our plan is to auction off one painting per week over the next several weeks with bidding prices starting out at one quarter the sticker price! It'll be like the seasonal flash sales from last year, only bigger and crazier!
So tune in to see if you can nab a steal! Send us an email now or leave a comment below to let us know if there's a particular painting of mine you've been eyeing -- maybe we'll work that one into the rotation for you!
We will likely be testing out different auction methods, starting with an auction-by-email:
We hope this will be fun for you and that it will help us keep moving forward in keeping the Fine Art/Beauty Advocacy dream alive, as well as help us to realize the dream of owning our a home in a crazy time!
And of course, the central dream of the artist is that his works will be hung and enjoyed, giving meaning and communicating life and beauty into a space. I'd much rather that my works be in your home, office, or other space than that they be idling in my studio. A painting is never complete until it has found its place in the world!
Hello there, I'm John H. Folley. Thanks for visiting the Beauty Advocacy Blog, where it's my job to help you become a more discerning art appreciator.
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