Racing at Ainstree (Joyful Noise)
oil on canvas
This painting was originally done on commission for the owner of Joyful
Noise. I did it from photos and, when done, left it at the Reston Art
Gallery for him to pick up. When, after several weeks, he hadn't picked
it up, I called, thinking he'd just been out of town. He said that he'd
"learned that it was bad luck to paint a picture of a horse that
was still running", and, when I questioned him closely, that he'd
pay for it but he'd have to put it in a closet, and, when I questioned
him still further, that the "horse just seems to jump out at you."
(He'd been expecting a large field with little horses way in the background.)
I told him that he didn't need to buy it and that I would sell it to someone
else. It taught me a good lesson about contracts and make the purchaser
of a commission pay as they go and making sure they knew what the painting
was going to look like. I should have made him buy it. Won't someone buy
this nice painting?
September 12, 2002
Copyright c. 2002 by Pam Coulter Blehert. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.