En Plein Air at a Shopping Centre – Day Three

City Point Bochum

City Point

Pat Harrison painting at a shopping centre

The Artist at Work

 This is the last installment of my reports on my painting experience “en plein air” at a shopping centre.

As you can see in the photograph there were quite a few people to watch me painting  local scenes after photographs I had taken previously. As it was a Saturday it was the busiest day of the three-day event. Yet again no real sales. I could have sold more than the 7 postcards if I had had more different motifs.

One person came back for the second day running to watch over my shoulder. He told me that he wanted to learn from my techniques while his wife did the shopping. He stayed for about an hour each time.

Again many people came by and stopped to talk to me admiring my work. Several people asked the price of my works. Some of them said that you would have to pay much more at a gallery. A young artist came by also suggesting the prices were not high enough.

On the last day I changed my approach to answering questions about price. I asked in return how much they would be prepared to pay. Some estimates exceeded my asking price, some were ridiculously low. But then they were asking out of interest and not really to buy anyway.

The centre management also sent a photographer round to take pictures of me and my visitors. Will have to try to get a copy. The management have also been very helpful in storing my equipment in a safe place over night. They even sent someone round to help me dismantle the show and carry the material to my car.

All told I enjoyed the exercise even though I did not make any money. I was glad that the financial arrangement with the organizers did not involve any massive fees.

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About Pat Harrison

Painting and drawing have been my passion from early childhood. I have attended numerous exhibitions in England and Germany. Presented with the Judges Award at a show I now have one of my paintings on permanent display at a museum in Greater London with growing sales and commissions.
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