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!
I wanted to paint my daughter, Kelsey, realistically within an abstract setting. After getting her to model for me for a photo shoot, I set down to work. I was trying for a dreamy look, but on my first attempt but I made her look down right depressed! So we did another photo shoot and I tried again. In the second version, she is pondering serious world issues, not the least bit dreamy. I took one last stab at it and she ended up looking contemplative. Close enough! Here’s a close up of her first two faces and the full-size version of the final painting. I was a surprise birthday gift for her but I didn’t finish it on time. I guess I’ll find out tonight whether she reads my blog ;).
“Contemplative”, Oil on Panel, 40″ x 30″