Thanks Bellevue!

[singlepic id=288 w=460 h=360 float=] The Bellevue Arts Museum show was a great success for me, and this year I am especially grateful. I know this would be a very easy time to cut back on art purchases, but Bellevue came out and supported artists in a big way. I had a great time selling art, meeting new collectors and catching up with established ones, and seeing some old friends as well. Thanks again to everyone who came out.

In fact this year, Bellevue went beyond the scheduled three days for me. After driving home to Spokane, I turned around and drove back two days later to deliver a painting to a wonderful new collector, who met me at the halfway point between Spokane and Seattle. I was thrilled that this young couple ended up with this particular painting. It was a happy ending to a story that was oddly typical of Bellevue this year.

In this case my new collectors had just missed out on a small pastel study they wanted to buy. Undaunted, they asked me about possible commissions. Later the same evening, they looked at my work online and discovered that I had made a large oil painting from the small study they has seen earlier, and as it turned out, they really needed a large piece anyway. So we made arrangements to meet before I left for my next shows and the rest is history. But not every incident like this turned out so well.

For as many pieces as I had in my booth this year (photo, above), I was astonished at how many times multiple people would want the same piece. One customer would see a piece they wanted, but decide to do some shopping and come back for it later. Meanwhile someone who had seen the same piece earlier would come back and buy it within minutes of the other person's return. My husband and I were marveling at this, and trying to understand it. Perhaps the amount of work in the booth caused people to feel confident no one else would want "their" piece. Or perhaps the purchase is such a big decision that people prefer to leave it up to fate---if it's still there when they return it was meant to be.

It just seems to be the way it works that if one person loves a piece of art, several others will love the same piece. It was so hard to watch the disappointment when someone just missed the one they really wanted. But that's the nature, and the value, of one-of-a-kind work. I know I certainly have missed out on my share of things by hesitating. So I have resolved in the future to keep this in mind, and I hope some of you will do too: if you truly love it, buy it. You may only get one chance.