Oddly enough, the subject of this blog is the image featured in my last blog:
"Far From Home" copyright 2003
A man bought this painting from the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. He got a dealer discount, I got $950. Still, I was thrilled, a dealer liked my work. I was more thrilled when I learned the painting was in a gallery a few miles from my family's house on Martha's Vineyard. (Somewhat less thrilled that he was asking $4500. ) Years went by. Some summers, the painting wasn't there, leading me to hope it had finally found a good home.
The gallery floundered and became a trendy clothes shop. (Lest you feel pity for the gallery owner, he actually owns the block of upscale stores. ) One of them, "Portobello Road", is a bookshop/artgallery/vintage souvenir shop. The books are eclectic and to my liking, so I go there every year. This week I was stunned to find "Far From Home" amid books, leaning directly against a white pole. (See first image)
The price has dropped to $2500. Perhaps he'll throw in the pole, if you ask nicely.