When I was in high school, in France, my father helped me compose
an essay for some sort of competition. He was a great writer, while
I typically waited until the last minute to begin this and other projects
with the knowledge that I worked well under pressure. Worked well
under pressure that is during the process not necessarily the outcome,
We didn’t win. Came in second I think.
Hence my father’s exclamation, “Some kid beat me!”
Yesterday I was reminded of this little event upon reading the
following in The New York Times:
Six-Figure Artworks, by a Fifth GraderAndres Valencia’s paintings have sold for more than $125,000. And he’s 10 years old
In June, he had a solo exhibition at the Chase Contemporary gallery in SoHo, where all 35 works were sold, the gallery said, fetching $50,000 to $125,000.
That’s impressive. Made me smile. Good for him!
Following up on the Vancouver trip :
If there were koi ponds I never found them.
But the aquarium had a mesmerizing display of jellyfish.
(possible subject for a new series of paintings. :))
What a great city! Adored it. Reminded me of Boston
in population, location, bustling downtown.
What I unwittingly managed to bring back with me was a nasty case of
Sciatica. For those of you who suffer from chronic pain I now fully
understand how debilitating it is. Drugs and time are the healers.
Still managed studio time to paint this small Koi painting:
4 Koi 22, 12×12 inches, oil on panel