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Title: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 21, 2017, 09:31:26 AM

Hola from Puerto Vallarta! I'm at our condo here - my parents just left after a 7 day visit. I finally set up my painting station in the guest bedroom and decided to first paint this Cactus photo I took in Cabo San Lucas a couple of years ago. It reminded me so much of a Georgie O'Keefe painting when I saw it, I knew I had to try to paint it! Any suggestions??

And the trip with my folks went fairly well. There were a lot of mobility issues (thank god for wheelchairs at the airport May and the one in our condo building!) My mom ended up in bed for 2-4 days feeling week, but when her energy was up she loved being wheeled along the Malecon. My dad was addicted to sitting on our balcony,watching the waves crash on the shore. And they both ate extremely well!! It was exhausting but also so satisfying that I could give them such a special experience.
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 21, 2017, 09:52:46 AM
Sharon

So happy that your time with your parents went well.

Glad you can get some painting time in.

Great-looking cactus, but not sure what the shape is in the center of it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 21, 2017, 10:27:32 AM
It's a skeleton! Georgia O'Keefe loved painting those! The Mexicans revere the dead, so a lot of art are skulls!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 21, 2017, 10:55:05 AM
Thanks, Sharon.  Hmmm.. guess art is more educational than I thought.  Look what I just learned!

aloha

mal
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Post by: dennis on April 21, 2017, 12:23:25 PM
Beautifully painted :clap: :clap: :clap: A cactus is not easy to paint properly  O0
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Post by: EmmaLee on April 21, 2017, 12:35:37 PM
Beautiful Sharron. In Texas we see a lot of paintings like this.
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 21, 2017, 03:54:52 PM
Gracias, Dennis & EmmaLee! And Mea, when I worked for Wells Fargo, New Mexico was part of my territory. I spent a lot of time in Santa Fe and was there when the Georgia O'Keefe Museum opened. I've been such a fan of hers for years - she's definitely one of my muses!
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Post by: BeaSue on April 22, 2017, 03:30:16 AM
Sharon, you are a good and generous daughter. Your parents are very fortunate. I'm glad their visit worked out so well, but I do understand how much energy that consumed.

What a fun painting! Well done.
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 22, 2017, 06:41:45 AM
 :clap: Great cactus and skull, Sharon. Totally looks New Mexico southwestern. :smitten:

I'm glad you had a good visit with your parents.
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Post by: Val on April 22, 2017, 07:55:43 AM
Gorgeous Sharon  O0   I agree with Dennis about the cactus. I tried painting some years ago when we were still in the east Caribbean. They just never turned out looking quite right. Well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

We see a lot of cattle skulls down here, huge cattle ranches in Guatemala. It seems a favourite of many tourists is a cash cow. Doesn't take my fancy to have one hanging on my wall but there you go, it takes all kinds!

A fellow artist that lives here on the Rio makes cash cows and does quite well from them..... guess that's why it's a cash cow!  :doh:       :2funny:
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Post by: Gita on April 22, 2017, 08:12:04 AM
The cactus is impressive. Interesting composition.  O0
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Post by: njnjgirl on April 22, 2017, 08:34:29 AM
I am sure your parents were thrilled to be with you and have such a nice vacation.  Wonderful! 

Your painting is wonderful, too.  Not an easy subject to paint.  Well done! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 22, 2017, 12:48:15 PM
 :thankyou: Susan, Kathy, Val, Gita and MaryLou! Having painted a few cacti/succulents I'm really starting to like the challenge of creating those.  And regarding the skulls, there is one lady in town here who embellishes them with jewels and they sell like hot cakes!!

Regarding my folks, after all of my mom's health issues these past few years, it was so nice to give them a much needed change of scenery...and it was fun to show them our home here. They finally understand why we love it so much!
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Val on April 22, 2017, 02:48:27 PM
That's fabulous Sharon, enjoy your parents as much as you can. It's fantastic that you were able to share this part and time of your life with them. I'm sure they will remember it fondly.  :flowers:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 22, 2017, 04:27:57 PM
I think you're right, Val!
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Post by: Annie. on April 22, 2017, 07:21:35 PM
Beautiful painting.  I love O'Keefe style... probably her skulls are what I find attractive.

I have painted a skull, no cactus, based on one of her painting but without the flower she had in her original painting.  Wonder if I can post it if I say it was a 'study painting'... but then again I don't want to venture in the gray zone of copyright laws.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 23, 2017, 05:18:35 AM
Thanks, Annie! And if you're not planning on selling your painting, do post it. No copy right issues to be concerned about!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 08, 2017, 11:23:28 AM
And this painting has sold - and it's now called "Cactus & Skull"! It was part of my email blast that went out today about my art show tomorrow, and someone emailed me just now to buy it, sight unseen!!
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Val on November 08, 2017, 12:26:49 PM
 :doh: Well blow me....this makes two!!! Will have to double up my dark glasses if that crystal gets any brighter.  ;)   Well done you.  O0
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 08, 2017, 02:33:22 PM
Please give that crystal ball and extra good polish tonight in anticipation of tomorrow’s show!!
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Post by: Val on November 09, 2017, 01:16:56 AM
 Not really necessary  ;) ... but for you, ok.  O0       8)
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Post by: linley.plester on November 10, 2017, 05:28:59 AM
Well done AGAIN, Sharon... both the painting and the holiday.
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 10, 2017, 07:56:07 AM
Well that show was a bust! Spent 9 hours there’s - 9 loooong hours - and only sold 3 sets of coasters. There’s is a possibility of 2 painting sales, but I’m not holding my breath. Learned a good lesson - never be in an art show where I’m the supporting act. This event was primarily a chance for bank customers to meet the CEO. No one wanted to buy art. That was during the evening reception. During the work day it became obvious that no one comes to a bank to buy art - and my friends won’t come to a bank to do that either.

On a positive note, my financial advisor sent me an email asking to buy 10 sets of coasters and a friend from Puerto Vallarta sent me payment to buy 3 sets, too. And there are now lots of paintngs in my inventory for some small shows I’m in during December.

Oh well. Live and learn.
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 10, 2017, 08:20:34 AM
Hmmm...as you say, Sharon, it was a learning experience.  We can also benefit from your experience.

Happy that the coaster sales are moving right along.  I use mine every night and think of you.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 10, 2017, 08:56:48 AM
Thanks, Mea! I just ordered 300 more coasters due to the demand!

What bothered me most about last night is the woman who invited me to have the show, a bank executive, walked around and pointed out her favorite paintngs. But bought nothing. She didn’t even buy a set of coasters. And since 15% of all art sales were being donated to the banks foundation by me, it was disapppinting that not one person from the bank bought a painting so their foundation could benefit. Again, a big learning experience.
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Val on November 10, 2017, 03:06:50 PM
Sorry to hear this Sharon, but you did get the presales, so that's a plus.  O0   
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 10, 2017, 03:18:19 PM
That’s true, Val - and confirms the importance of pre-marketing my shows. I just hope I haven’t broken your crystal ball!!

Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Val on November 10, 2017, 03:29:10 PM
Hurt feelings maybe.... but never broken!  ;)
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Post by: linley.plester on November 11, 2017, 02:03:17 AM
 :o Tough going.  :( Rude of the organization not to promote you more since you were supporting their event. Infuriating, deflating, disappointing .... time consuming....  :thumbdown: But who knows... maybe nobody bought at the show but perhaps your name will register and bring in customers to other events. :gl2: for the future.
Title: Re: Georgia's Cactus
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 11, 2017, 08:41:35 AM
I love your positive perspective Linley - thank you for that!!! The lady from the bank yesterday sent me an email apologizing for the lack of sales from her team/customers. She realizes she should have done a better job promoting the art sales. Anyway, you live and you learn. Now onward ho!