Sunday, August 21, 2011
Every year our local nature center, the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, has a fund raiser titled "Nature Calls". This year's event will take place on Saturday, September 24th beginning at 6:00pm. Local artists are invited to sell their work during an evening event which consists of light hor d'oeuvres, beer tasting, and a charity auction benefiting the nature center. I am donating this original oil painting for the live charity auction.
Donating original paintings for an auction is something I have rarely done since becoming known for my waterfowl paintings. Although I donate artwork several times a year for charitible causes, I usually limit my donations to one of my duck stamp prints along with a signed mint stamp. This will be only the second time I have donated an "original" piece for an auction. As an artist donating original work for an auction, I have noticed people tend to presume "print reproduction artwork" pricing even on original pieces of work due to the fact that 99.9% of art sold at an auction is in a limited edition print form. For example, I have been to countless Ducks Unlimited auctions where another artist has donated an original piece and I always hear people discussing the work and calling it a print. I have even seen auctioneers calling original work a print. The artist doesn't want to see their hard work sell for so-called limited edition print prices. People need to understand and be educated about the increased value of an original painting over that of a print reproduction. Originals are of course "one of a kind". Limited edition prints are usually so mass produced that the word "limited" is completely meaningless. Generally limited edition prints produced today will rarely if ever go up in value. Original paintings by established artists will do nothing but increase in value year after year. The more known an artist becomes the more the value of the original work increases.
I'm hoping this painting raises a nice amount of money for our nature center and goes to someone that will appreciate my work. I'm going to continue painting and promoting my artwork everyday so I know good things will happen in my art career. Maybe one day someone that hasn't been born yet will have this painting on their wall telling people, "My grandparents bought it at a charity auction in Sioux City, Iowa and I'm so glad they did."