Vandalism and Other Irritations


New Year’s Day, Troon, oil on canvas

One of my paintings, hanging in an exhibition, has been vandalised. Somewhat upsetting as it is gratingly obvious.

Someone just decided to pick off some of the light coloured thick paint right in the middle of the canvas revealing a hole showing  dark underpaint. It was just such a pointless thing to do, and I find it distressing. What does it say about the painting, or my work, or me as an artist? Or the vandal?

Meanwhile, I have been told that my paintings are morbid and have been asked if I could do something cheerier, like flower paintings. I was somewhat taken aback and rather upset (stoically tried not to show it) as I’ve never heard my landscapes and skyscapes described like that, certainly not to my face.

I find the criticism all the more confusing as the people doing the opining have my paintings in a corridor against dark wallpaper. The lighting is angled at the dark blue carpeted floor and not my paintings. I’m trying not to let it bother me, but I still find it unsettling even though the conditions aren’t exactly of a gallery quality.

Above, is one of the apparently morbid ones; let me know what you think.


4 thoughts on “Vandalism and Other Irritations

  1. Really? I think this is a really beautiful and uplifting painting. Sunset over the ocean is about the most inspiring and beautiful subject there is. And the colors are beautiful. “A bad review is better than no review.” It means you’re doing something.


  2. I am glad that I saw this post because I love your paintings and thought I would take a look at more of them and then read what happened to you. Horrible! I don’t know what they are talking about because I don’t see “morbid” in your paintings at all! I think your paintings are gorgeous! Some people need to get out and see nature more or get out of the realm of their opinions. In my opinion their minds are “morbid”. There I feel better!

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