05/12/2005: "Would you like some public humiliation with that?"
So, I donated a commission for an oil painting to the local public radio station's radio auction...seemed like a good idea way back when but now that the auction is *this* Sat. I'm worried no one will bid on it. I listen to this auction every year and I always feel sorry for the announcers when they try to get a bid on some item no one wants; they keep talking and talking, desperation creeping into their voices until at some point they unceremoniously move on.
I'm having flash backs to last summer when I did the Quick Draw charity event for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and Discovery Alaska. It was the same kind of thing where they put our work up in front of people and auctioned it off...but I think that case was even worse because we had to be there for it...up in front of an audience, smiling like idiots while people placed bids.
It's tough, I tell ya. Putting yourself out there like that. If it doesn't sell it's going to be embarrassing! Back when I first started having solo exhibits I used to give money to a friend so if none of my paintings sold they could buy one and it would look like I made a sale (pathetic) what's even more pathetic is I can't even afford to do that anymore.
In happier news, my friend Subi posted a mock-up of the image I did for her book cover on her blog. This makes my second book cover this year!