A: They are all things living in Canada.
Yes, I just sold two paintings to a collector in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Of course, being my first sales to Canada I had to figure out the paperwork and import charges required to ship work into this country. Though there was no duty tax, I still had to pay an entry prep fee, a brokerage goods and service tax (GST), a disbursement fee, a provincial Manitoba sales tax and a customs GST. Do you get the feeling that the Canadian government doesn’t want to import goods into their country, eh? Still, I’m thrilled to have a new collector in the land of hockey!
A couple of days ago, I shared my two paintings of nudes in The Gallery at the Watershed‘s “Elegant Nude” exhibition later this month. As luck would have it, I’ve also found a new home for another of my nudes with an old friend in Denver. She visited my studio a couple of years ago and admired this paintings as I was in the process of painting it. I told her I’d let her know when I finished it so she could see the completed painting. Life got in the way, and I stored it in my studio closet forgetting all about my promise until my recent studio purge (see August 26 post). Over two years later, both of us having moved to new cities, I thankfully managed to track her down and let her know it was available. Happily, she was still interested so off it goes to a new home.
Nude paintings are a funny thing. Many people are reluctant to hang them in their home, and only then in their more private areas such as their bedrooms or bathrooms. I grew up with a nude drawing of my father’s friend (he was the model for the sketch) hanging in our living room. It must have been that liberal, 60’s California upbringing that makes me comfortable with hanging a nude in any room in my home. How about you? Would you be comfortable displaying a nude painting in your home?
“Woman on Chest”, 20″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas
About a month ago, I wrote a post about the coveted “red dot”… the mark a gallery puts on a painting’s title when it sells but before they take it down to deliver it to a collector. I had one sale or “red dot” at the Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery‘s “Summer Remix” group exhibition this summer. I just got the good news that another painting of mine at the exhibition has sold. Another red dot! I love those little suckers! I wish I could pass out red dots for everyone!
I recently delivered a painting to the Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery for inclusion in their “Summer Remix” group exhibition that opened last week. As luck would have it, I ran into a friend who wanted to buy it two days before the opening. They displayed the painting at the opening anyway but with the coveted red dot on the information label. For those who don’t know, when a painting sells in a gallery/exhibition, the curator/sales staff will paste a little red dot on the painting’s information label to show that it has already been sold. I LOVE when I see the red dot on a painting of mine as it means that it has found a good home.
Luckily, the gallery owner ask me to bring up a different painting to exchange out with the sold painting. I’ve got my fingers crossed for another red dot! The new painting depicts a magically mist that mysteriously dissipates to show a colorful bower just waiting to be explored.
“Vines Revealed”, Mixed Media, 32″ x 32″, $1800
More good news…I sold another painting this week to a previous collector. Some paintings are harder to let go of than others because they have special meaning for me. “Exodus” is one of those paintings as it is the first painting I did for my master thesis. This painting tells the story of an autocratic society where the citizens’ lives are heavily controlled under the guise of security and “the greater good”… (i.e. “1984”) Some citizens choose to risk escaping into the unknown, forfeiting a life of safety and order for the chance at personal freedom. And I’ll bet you thought it was just a painting about seed pods!
Like the seed pods, it is time for “Exodus” to escaping the confines of my studio and enjoy the freedom of a new home.
Yippee! Another painting finds a good home. A previous collector of mine just purchased “The Wheels of Capitalism”, a mixed media painting (16″ x 12″) where I used collaged bits of the Wall Street Journal. Anyone else interested in giving a painting a happy home to live in ?
Exciting news! My painting “Mondrianesce Studio” was just purchased by the Europe Hotel LLC. It will be going to the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in Saint Petersburg, Russia and it will be hanging in the Presidential Suite. Nancy Sweeney, owner of Art Advisory Service and great friend and supporter, helped to convince them that my painting was a good example of Russian Constructivism and would fit perfectly into their hotel. Thanks Nancy! So let’s all raise our glasses of vodka and toast to my good fortune…Твоё здоровье! – [tva-jó zda-ró-vye] – Your health!
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I’m very pleased to be featured in the “Originals for $1,500 and Under Collection” on Saatchi Online‘s homepage today. You can see the collection here: http://www.saatchionline.com/art-collection/Painting-Collage-Drawing/Originals-for-1-500-and-Under/153961/60529/view for my artwork and other great artist’s works. It is always a boost to get a little outside recognition for my artwork. Here’s a closeup of the painting…follow the link to see the whole image.
Saatchi Online, an online dealer of original paintings and prints, just started carrying my work. I sold my first print this week (“Hide and Seek”) through their website. Though the original of this painting is 48″ x 48″, they sell prints of this painting in 14″x14″ and 16″x16″ sizes. They do a particularly good job with framing and mailing prints at a very reasonable cost. So if you’ve always wanted to own a “Kathy Ferguson” painting but it didn’t fit within your budget, buying a print is a great option. Plus, at www.saatchionline.com, there are hundreds of other great artists to view and find something perfect for your walls.
“Hide and Seek”, Mixed Media on panel, 48″ x 48″