|"Sunflower Demo" 16x20 oil on canvas $850|
I received many great comments and liked the way the painting came out so I took it into the gallery still fresh with wet paint and leaned it on the floor against my wall of paintings in the exhibition hoping for a sale.
|At the Fine Art Center|
As you may be able to guess....and while I was distracted doing something else....a sweet little old lady , with her little dog, was allowed into the gallery. She went right over to the snack table, got a plate of artichoke dip and some crackers and started viewing all the paintings. When she got to my wall, while leaning over closely inspecting the work, she dropped a glob of artichoke dip on the wet painting leaning against the wall. Her dog, alert to any complimentary hors d'oeuvres offered, immediately licked the dip off the painting along with my signature.....
It was a fairly easy fix and I got over it after awhile....and now I can even laugh about it! But I am happy to say the policy has now changed to NO dogs allowed in the gallery at The Fine Art Center! Also, I will NOT be leaning wet paintings against walls at a public display again! That was a dumb idea to begin with!
Again, I had a blast meeting and painting with all the other artists and the staff of PAFAC. Here are the other winners in the competition, Sorry for the quality of the pictures it was the best I could do in the gallery lighting.
Eric Jacobson, Best of Show
Bruce Gomez , First place, Third Place Quick Draw
Ned Mueller , Second Place
Jane Wallis, Third Place
Mike Rada , First Place Quick Draw
Ken Falks, Sponsors Award
Mike Wise, Sponsors Award and Special Honorable Mention
Kat Sowa, Honorable Mention
Emiliya Lane, Honorable Mention
Susan Ogilvie, Sponsors Award