Several years ago, I had some paintings stolen from me by a frame shop owner. Click here to read the entire story here on my blog. I always hoped that my paintings would find their way back to me, but that has never happened. One of my favorites was entitled Agave. It was painted in acrylics and measured 24"h x 20"w. It was inspired by another agave painting I had done back in college. That one was painted in oils and measured 36"h x 30"w. I loved it and hung it in my home for years. However, cracks developed in the painting over the years due to inexpensive materials that I had used as a student.
So, I painted Agave in 2002. Unfortunately, at the time, I did not take digital photos of my art. What was I thinking? So, the picture here was scanned from a photo the frame shop had used in an ad. It's not a good photograph, but it's all I have. The new painting will be the same size, 24"h x 20"w and painted in acrylics on canvas.
I did paint a similar one a few years after that entitled Agave II. But I've always missed the first one, so I've decided to recreate the same painting. It will be just for me and I will title it My Agave. The original will not be for sale, but I will have reproductions available for purchase. I will share it here and in my email newsletter.Comment on or Share this Article →
©1997 Gayle Faucette Wisbon
A few months ago, I discovered my painting, "Desert Jewel" on another art site called "5uart" under the name Home Arts Network. I will not post a link here because I am not going to help give them more exposure. This is a company in China that takes images of art from the internet, paints copies of the images and sells them as "hand-painted originals" in various sizes.
Each year in October, the sky is filled with the beauty of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. In this painting, I combined my love of cactus with colorful hot air balloons against a backdrop of the Sandia Mountains.
This painting was stolen by a local frame shop owner a few years ago. Thankfully, I had some good slides of it, so fine art prints are available on The Untapped Source in the following sizes:
15" x 21"
20" x 28"
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to sign a consignment agreement with a local frame shop here in Albuquerque. This shop had a beautiful frame that complemented my acrylic paintings on canvas. The owners, a husband and wife team, offered to frame my work, using this as my signature frame and display my work for sale, taking a 50% commission. We had a very positive working relationship for a couple of years.
Then, suddenly, the couple separated and the wife was forced to sell the frame shop. She called me in to discuss my options. Either I could take the paintings out of the shop that day or I could leave them and sign a new agreement with the new owner. She said that if I decided to take them, that I could have the frames that were already on them. The new owner was a professional with a large well-known company and he bought the shop for his daughter to operate as her own business. Since my relationship with this shop had been positive, I decided to keep my work there. The owner told me she would still be in the shop for a couple of weeks, training the new owner and his daughter. She would be calling me during that time to introduce me to the new owner and sign a new consignment agreement.
I called the new owner and introduced myself. I could tell that he was not an easy person to deal with. He did acknowledge that I had a consignment agreement with the previous owner, but he was very angry when I told him that she had given me the frames. After a couple of telephone conversations with him, out of anger, he decided to claim that he had bought all my paintings, as part of the shop inventory. I knew the previous owner would never have sold my work.
In the meantime, the two parties were involved in some kind of legal dispute about the sale of this shop, which had nothing to do with me. When I appeared in court, the judge would not even look at my documents, because he did not have the details of this other pending case that this man had made me a part of.
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