I went to my first Art Battle over at the Gorilla House last night! I was a teeny bit nervous about finishing in 2 hours, but mostly I was excited and raring to go! First, I set up my space with my brand new portable easel, and a nice big sheet of plastic on the floor to catch the drips.
The battle started with a spin of the inspiration wheel. “Science and progress”, “she loves somebody else” (or something like that), and “angels” were the (very random) sources of inspiration for the evening.
So I started painting. And painting. And painting. I really got into the zone, in a way that is different from when I paint at home, because of the time pressure! I worked on two paintings, so that one could dry while I worked on the other. Here they are at about half-way.
Lots of people were coming in the doors, there was wine and cheese (with a rep from Janice Beaton on hand) offered in the back, and the tunes were blaring. It got pretty hot in there, but I managed to stay focused and get both paintings done! Woo!
At about 9:45, people gathered around for the auction!
The M.C. (who’s name I can’t remember – it’s Impressario something-or-other) really made the night for me. He seems to know random trivia about just about anything, and can make any painting sound like a masterpiece, helping to drive up the bids. His whole persona, and the shades (worn all night long) gave me a good chuckle.
Here’s my lovely neighbor from the night, Kath. She had a wonderful high bid on her piece and was super excited.
I was pretty amazed by what some of the artists accomplished in two hours!
My heart painting sold for $110!
This one sold for $85. Not bad for a first time, I think! I’m looking forward to doing it again.