"Serenity- reflections on a beautiful day" oils on canvas 730 x 540mm
For some years, this painting of mine has been a favourite. It was painted on the side of a steep hill above the small township of Paekakariki on the Kapiti coast around 18 or so years ago. It was a beautiful calm morning and the patterns of the reflections and skiffs of breeze under that cloud hugging the top of Kapiti Island absolutely grabbed me. I have always loved the sea and the rhythm of those patterns on the water..... and the warm lights on the clouds just had to be painted.
I don't often consider keeping a painting but I did briefly with this one. I enjoyed the sense of serenity it gave me. However, a client came along and we had a mortgage to pay, so inevitably, off it went.
Very recently, I received an email from the client who bought it asking for advice. What was the best way to sell a painting?
It's a difficult question because for any artist or painting owner to sell through a dealer gallery, there is a substantial commission cost. Sometimes as high as 50%! To sell on the open market is not always a great idea – that's where most people go if they want to buy something that is lower than the usual market price.
So.... what was the best thing to do as the painting owner needs as much as possible from the sale.
After some thought, I decided perhaps I should offer to put the painting on my website and see if we can sell it for him with minimal loss.
I would normally have put this painting in my own gallery at around $8000 (and I don't like to reduce prices below my established market rate), but he is very keen to sell so has asked me to price it at around 4 - $5000 in the hope that it will achieve a quicker sale.
If you are interested, please send a brief email or phone me on 027 4538 636.