Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekend Update

"Ribbit" / April 7, 2011 / SOLD
So I just wanted to do a quick entry about my weekend. First off...thank you to everyone who came out to The Handmade Market. It was a bonus meeting some people who follow my blog. Thank you for introducing yourselves! I truly appreciated meeting you and thank you for your support.
Because I was at the market all weekend, I have no new paintings to post, but because I need a visual I am re-posting one of my frog paintings from last year. Also, it reminds me of childhood, which is also what this post is about (stay with me...I promise this will all come together)
The first thing I wanted to mention was one more thing about Maurice Sendak. I read another quote a few days ago that someone had posted on Facebook. And it actually made me laugh out loud so I wanted to share for those who haven't heard it:
"Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, 'Dear Jim: I loved your card.' Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, 'Jim loved your card so much he ate it.' That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
That makes me appreciate Mr. Sendak even more ; )

The second thing I wanted to relay was a story from my weekend. I will try and condense it. Today three young girls (maybe 8 yrs. old?) came to my tent and were looking at my paintings. We exchanged hellos and they lingered for a few more minutes and then were gone. Some time later they came back and I saw them talking amongst themselves and looking very closely at my mini paintings. The one girl asked me about one of them and said she'd like to buy it. She carefully pulled all the money she had out of her change purse and began counting.  When she was done she was a few bucks shy and I told her that I was happy to sell it to her for that amount. I heard her friend whipser earnestly to her: But then you won't have money left for anything else!! She whispered back: That's okay. This is what I really wanted. 
 ** insert my heart melting here **
From there it became funny, as her two friends decided they'd like to purchase paintings too but had considerably less But it all worked out happily for everyone in the end.
What I loved about these three girls is that here they were, surrounded by so many things at the market, and they were moved by paintings! Wow. Young and already collectors ; ) I thought it was awesome 
Thanks everyone. Cheers!


Nicki said...

Kim, I love your froggy painting and I love your stories. And I'm sure you made sure these new little art collectors could afford your beautiful paintings. ;)

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

XO Nicki

Marilyn R Miller said...

Two great stories and great paintings too!

I am enjoying your abstract painting adventures!

Kim Rempel said...

Hi Nicki,
Yes. They went home with their paintings ; ) And I had a wonderful Mother's Day. Thanks. I read you did too.
Thanks Marilyn!

William Ternay said...

Loved those stories from your weekend, Kim. Last Thursday afternoon I was painting at the edge of a field, in the farmlands of South Jersey.
Suddenly a pick-up truck pulled over on one side of me, then a car on the other. I said as the man and woman walked towards me "What is this, a drug bust?" Each laughed, said they did not know each other, but each then commissioned me to do a watercolor of their nearby farmhouses. I look forward to such wonderful moments, and they are always a delight, in whatever form.

Linda Popple said...

Love your little frog and love your post!! What great stories!

c.dingman said...

Love the story about the little girls. When young children go though my tent and are amazed by the artwork, it is my best moments. Too many of the adults wonder if it will fit in with their color scheme.

Barbara Muir said...

What a great story, and three cheers for those little girls. Smart to buy your paintings. And how sweet you are. Happy Mother's Day belatedly.

XO Barbara

Virginia Floyd said...

Love your story about the three little girls!