During the European summer, I was busy painting scenes from Le Tour de France.
I was sitting up late at night (I live in Sydney, Australia) taking photographs of the TV screen as the race unfolded, and quickly sketching and painting the views. At the end of each night I would post the painting on eBay, and sell it after 5 days of (sometimes) competitive bidding.
I've been doing it for three years now. I have new buyers, and a group of 'collectors' who keep returning, and bidding. Many sales are to Americans and Canadians.
This year, I made contact with a gallery in Amsterdam, who wanted to show my work in their window spaces around the town. So I doubled my output, and had a selection of 21 works to send over in September. They were received very well.
Which brings me to eBay. I am now selling the paintings from that Amsterdam display.
They are 24 x 32cm (9.5" x 12.5")
There are five available at the moment, with more being added every few days.
Today I drove to the eastern suburbs, to visit this beautiful beach and do some watercolour paintings of the aqua green water. It was sunny and warm, very pleasant considering it is mid-winter!
When I arrived the beach was empty, but soon was filled with families and children, some swimming, some playing in the sand. Definitely no sign of sharks.. but that said, there is a big shark net protecting the swimming area.
This view is looking south, where sandstone rocks have eroded and fallen into the water.
Landscape, water colour, water colour on paper 32cm x 24cm
For Sale AD$65pp
I have tried to transfer this post from Ebay with little success: they add so much of their own rubbish (logos etc) that the post looks blinking awful.
I am not sure if a good app does exist for multiple postings, but I'd sure like it if there was one. Manually posting to ebay, then to blog then twitter can get time consuming: time better spent painting!!
Anyway, enough of my rant. Here is an earlier painting from about 2 weeks ago, and as usual, it's from Le Tour de France.
The alps region in France is beautiful. The vistas go on forever, but the rider's were focused on their strategy.
This painting is one of a series taken from Le Tour de France coverage by our local TV station SBS. I watch the action live, and click my iphone at the screen when a scene grabs me. Sometimes I end up with 50 or more clicks from each night.
I then paint one or two images.
It's sort of live, only half a world away, and at midnight here, and in winter!!
I have been away from blogging, and feel that I must give an excuse: I am doing large works for a show in July: and my galley owner has asked that I not display them anywhere until the show opens. (I like his 'marketing' mind.)
So I am going to use this blog for a few rants for the time being.
I was just trying to copy 3 thousand very important time-lapse photos onto my mac, and I received a "jpeg error code -36"... and worse: every photo showed this error!
I was using a card reader (Belkin) and a Digitech USB hub... so I connected the USB straight from the reader to the computer, and problem solved: all pictures are OK and are now downloading...
Phew! (Just thought I'd share this in case it helps someone else...)