I’m considering going to Italy at the end of the year, since these little paintings of mine (above) of Storm Clouds over Torrington, Alberta, have been selected for the curated Little Treasures 2016 exhibition of Trevisan International Art in Bologna, Italy. I am, of course, flattered, but I would like to be able to move from being a “starving artist”, to being an artist whose work sells! To quote the very successful Canadian landscape artist Robert Genn:
“[To be a] ’starving artist’ is acceptable at age 20, suspect at age 40, and problematical at age 60.”
I’m 54 now, so this obsession with painting rather than finding a real job is highly suspect. How my Significant Other puts up with me, I do not know.
The exhibition of little 8 X 8 inch paintings will take place from 26 November till 8 December 2016, at the Galleria De Marchi in Bologna. The Little Treasures exhibition has been held at this gallery since 2011, with hundreds of artists from all over the world exhibiting their work. I’ve been told that the price tag for one such painting ought to be in the region of $500.00. You gotta be kidding me. I would be so lucky. In Canada, the going rate is $100.00! I will have to add one more “clouds” painting to the series, since every artist exhibits four works. The exposure in the catalogue and the art magazines Rivierart, and being able to add this to my “artist’s biography”, would make all the schlepp worthwhile. I’m getting into the whole “fine arts industry”and frankly, it’s scary.