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11-08-2004, 05:24 PM
Just to give you a peek at a multi-medium exposition called '"L'art dans l'Outaouais" Where, you ask? :) "Outaouais" Try ou-ta-way....North American Indian for Ottawa.....Opposite Canada's capital across the Ottawa River in Gatineau Quebec. 35 juried artists....maybe 6 or 7 watercolourists....
My booth....from both sides....



In the above, you will see 4 varnished paintings in a linen Liner. I put a little note between them to explain the process....It was a really good conversation piece and led to some good discussions. One gentleman bought a metal frame and asked me to do it with varnish. Said his house had tons of windows, which his wife confirmed :)
Some more of just the watercolour people.





THe exposition area is really a gym with a running track above. THis is part of the city hall office complex



This is a pastel, but thought you might enjoy seeing the frame. Its about 3' high


This is my second year here. The first year I won a cash prize of $500.00 and sold to paintings......this year I was'nt eligible for the cash prize, but I sold 6 paintings.....paid for the booth at least :D
This event is sponsered by a bank....called "Caisse Populaire Desjardins" in Quebec and they give 2 cash prizes and buy a painting from somebody for their collection...for a total of around $2500.....
Wish more banks did that.....lets not go there!
Hope you enjoyed the pics.....sometimes nice to see what other people do

11-08-2004, 05:34 PM
Looks very impressive, Brian!

Congratulations on the sales.


11-08-2004, 06:06 PM
great photos, Brian

Your paintings look wonderful in the display!

Congrats on the sales

11-08-2004, 06:16 PM
Ohhh Brian, how wonderful your art looks all framed up and handging in the exhibition, especially after having seen many of them here on WC.

VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!! Congratulations on the sales!!!!!!!!!!!

They certainly supply nice booths, the black looks good as does the lighting!!

Thanks for showing us!!!!!

11-08-2004, 06:17 PM
Hello Brian

Very impressive display and congratulations on your sales, Watercolours just won't move here these last few months, everyone is after the unframed box type canvases..in fashion!

I wish our Banks etc would sponsor events like this, maybe they do but I never get invited...lol

The exhibition hall looks like a perfect venue to display paintings!



11-08-2004, 07:25 PM
Looks wonderfully laid out and professional. Glad you shared it and that you made some sales.

Look forward to more of your work -- always!

11-08-2004, 10:32 PM
Thank you so much for the pictures of the Show Brian. Your art looks just amazing.
congratulations on the sales, It is so nice to see some of the wonderful artists that we have in Canada

Bonnie R

11-09-2004, 01:13 AM
Brian congratulations for the exhibiton and your sales... your paintings look wonderful... thanks for sharing the photos...

PS. it is very common here in Turkey for the banks and a few other institutions to have a some galleries in the big cities where artists book a week or two and exhibit their work... usually the gallery is small and only enough for a single artist's works... the artist doesn't pay anything except some minor expenses that may occur... but this facility is so limited when you take into account the large population of the country... there are also a few private galleries but these are costly for the artists... only those that sell their work are using them... there are some greater exhibitions of art but these are usually organised at the next hall in some great fairs.. I went to a large book fair last month (I think some 350,000 people visited it in one week) and there was a large painting exhibition which I couldn't visit due to time constraints :rolleyes: I just looked thru the door and the hall was so empty... usually there is no interest at all for art here in this country...

11-09-2004, 02:51 AM
Wonderful photos', thank you for sharing!!

Congrats on sales too..

11-09-2004, 04:52 AM
Great photos, Brian, thanks for sharing!

Your work looks amazing! Congratulations on the sales! :clap:


11-09-2004, 05:08 AM
Hi Brian,

Thanks for sharing the exposition with us. Your paintings look really lovely matted and framed (or just framed in the case of the ones you varnished).

That is a really nice venue for an art show and it looks like the people who set up the lighting and booths, etc., really knew what they were doing.

Congratulations on the sales! Those seven buyers were smart people!


11-09-2004, 05:17 AM
Hey, why do banks don't do this in Germany ?

I mean they do it, but only when you are a renowened arist and most probably you would have to paint abstracts as it's not cool to exhibit representational art.

Congratulations to the show and the sales, Brian. You placed your works very well.

11-09-2004, 06:14 AM
Congratulations, Brian! Your paintings looked wonderful on display. I wish I could have been there, it would have been nice seeing your work IRL after seeing it here.
Hey, loved that frame on the pastel ... what a neat idea!

11-09-2004, 08:21 AM
Thanks for sharing Brian - am not surprised you sold your paintings - very impressive and congrats on the sales.


11-09-2004, 09:18 AM
Congrats on the sales! May we know which of your paintings sold? Inquiring minds want to know! :D

Your work looks wonderful framed and the varnished paintings are interesting also.


11-09-2004, 09:59 AM
Brian, thanks so much for sharing your photos of the exhibition... Your work really does look beautiful all framed up... Curiously, did you sell many of your varnished works? Congratulations on your sales, btw... very lucky people, indeed...

11-09-2004, 10:07 AM
Hi, Really appreciate your taking the time and effort to sahre this experience with us.

Your painting look and are display nicely!

You varnished the matted and framed - would you please explain what you did exaclty?

Congratulations on selling so many - glad you are a participant here on WC - I enjoy viewiang your work and love your recent WIP of the old car.

:) Jo

11-09-2004, 02:27 PM
Thanks one and all for your comments....
Uschi.....The booths are metal grids about 2' x 4' and joined with plastic tie wrap
and the blackl curtains preent a see thru. The lights are not suppled and we put up our own booths.

Saw a few of the box type stuff with the oil people....no comment :)

The car,the cat, a barn you can't see, a landing duck, geese on shore with red trees, and the red canoe with waterfalls....varnished, upper right.

Char.....sold one varnished and one normal that the customer wanted varnished.

Jo.....There is a thread in the Watercolour tech forum that might help.
Basically the painting is sprayed with Krylon fixative and then varnished with an acrylic (non-yellowing) varnish....at least two coats and then framed in a linen liner.....like an oil painting.

11-09-2004, 07:03 PM
Brian, congratulations on the sales of your paintings. You say you sold six and that should cover the booth costs ??? Must be a very expensive booth !! Where does on go to buy your paintings ??

11-10-2004, 04:58 AM
Congratulations Brian, very well deserved.........Did you sell your waterlily painting..I'm still saving for it:)

11-10-2004, 08:43 AM
Hi Jim.....
I guess I was overstating the cost....but it was $350 Cdn....that includes the location.....main floor was more than running track, and the hanging grids and the black curtains....Lights were mine.....
Some artists did not sell.
You could check out this site for most paintings....www.canartscene.com
Click on "Find Artist" enter Seed.....Click on bottom Seed,Brian

Still have the water-lily.....the left-overs are now hanging in a B&B and look great.......I take cheques :)

11-10-2004, 01:07 PM
Congrats on the sales Brian!!! I enjoyed seeing how people framed their paintings also....including the tall wooden one...how unique. The varnished ones you did sound interesting. I would have to see it in person to understand how you did it though. LOL :) :clap: :clap: :clap: