I may not have made many prints lately, but I have been involved in making quite a lot of money for a charity here called “AIDE ET ESPOIR AUX REFUGIES”, which supports syrian refugees in Greece. Last Sunday (16 october) we arranged an auction of 30 works of art – including 2 of mine – and also lay on some fantastic “apéros garnis” for the 60 “punters” who came along and willingly parted with nearly 4000 euros of their hard earned cash – well, it WAS a good cause. One of my “Pelerinage” prints was bought by a friend who “loved the pink”, and another print set up a bit of a bidding war and finally sold for double the guide price!
It’s a small figurative landscape of Dartmoor that I made years ago when visiting friends. I had forgotten all about it until I came across it this summer in my Somerset studio. It might easily have been missed because we were in the midst of a frenzied attempt to clear the place out before selling up and moving out, but fortunately it came back to France with us and…. voila! I now have an order for another, so I hope I can find the plate! So, the lesson for today is – don’t turn your back on old prints, they may still have a place in your life!