plein air painting from a couple years ago and scary thing that was a false alarm but weird

The painting is long to fit in the window at Jerry’s Artarama. They asked artists to paint on canvases to fit in the store windows to block the view of the merchandise racks from the outside of the store. This was in front of a rack of paper so I thought it would be safe because they’d have to move a lot of paper to take it out of the window. It was in the window for a couple years and I wanted to get it back and rework the water but didn’t ask because I knew it would be difficult to get it out of there.

So, today I went there to buy some things and my painting was replaced by a tiger. I asked where my painting was and the guys didn’t know. The girl that arranges the windows would be out for a couple days. I gave them my phone number but expressed my concern about it with out acting too alarmed because I’m really cool in weird situations, but I was afraid it was stolen. The manager didn’t even remember the painting and he worked there for a year!

He went around the whole place looking for it and finally spotted it in a window behind shopping carts. You could only see the sky. The rest was blocked. No one would ever notice it. I was so relieved to see it. I took it home, never to be on display again! They still have some empty windows but instead they hid it.

Every time you put a painting out there you run the risk of losing it. Now, if I want to throw it away that’s one thing, but if it goes missing that would be kind of upsetting. I used to worry when entering shows in those huge sprawling non profits with back doors and no one’s watching that someone would walk out with one of mine. It did happen to a guy and the newspaper did a report on it. That artist said it was worth the loss for the publicity and sales he got afterwards but I know if it happens to me it wouldn’t make the news.

I wonder why the store didn’t just call me or email me and say it was time to pick it up? That I could understand. But hide it behind carts? Next to the front door where it was easy to slide out? Makes no sense. That also reminds me of the non profits because they liked to mainly reject my paintings but when they got hung they were in the hallway, or way up high, or next to the bathroom, or in a corner or some place I had to hunt for them, like behind a sculpture.

I’m really glad I got this one back.

It’s the view from the beach side at First Landing State Park looking out over the Chesapeake Bay at the bridge tunnel. This is a close up.

omg. I just looked at the back of the painting and someone had put a price on it of $40. This is looking more like a plan to rob me. That’s another weird thing because someone tried to rob me earlier this year and made off with a bunch of my art and I got it all back, except one thing I can remember which they didn’t return. That thing was a drying rack I made from stretcher strips and button twine. It’s possible they kept more of my art and I just don’t remember what I had because it was all my good stuff from so many years, since I regularly cull my collection and toss the old stuff I don’t want.

Now I feel like someone up there is watching out for me because I only went to the store because a fellow blogger told me to buy a different kind of palette knife.

So, Thanks to God!

12 thoughts on “plein air painting from a couple years ago and scary thing that was a false alarm but weird”

  1. You were lucky to get it back. Years ago, a dealer gallery had several of my paintings. I happened to be visiting the area, and visited the gallery. He could only find two of the four works. Apparently, the paintings were rented out to businesses. I demanded they all be returned. One, a favourite, was never returned.

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  2. i’ve had various paintings go missing over the years and learned my lesson. Now, i always get a signed paper from the shop or display owner stating their responsibility should there be any loss or damage. At times, certain places would not sign and i had to make a decision whether it was worth the risk or not. So glad you got this back:)

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    1. That’s a good idea to get a signed paper! It was free space. I didn’t think of that. I had the feeling this painting was almost out the door and I just happened to notice it was missing from the window or it might have been stolen but it didn’t happen. I feel lucky to get it back. Thanks for your idea! Trust no one in the art world! Even the stores!

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      1. I always take my own “consignment sheet” to public free, or otherwise, spaces. If they have their own, I look at it and compare to mine to make sure all the areas of concern are addressed. Fortunately I’ve never had anything go missing. Probably shouldn’t let that get around!

        (Hope you found the perfect palette knife)

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