“What can I do to help my eyes?”, has been a recurring and increasingly desperate question put to various surgeons during my hospital appointments over the past couple of years. To my dismay, I’ve always been told that there’s nothing that I can actually do, although there are certain things which are certainly best avoided (have a read of “Don’t get a head trauma”, if you’re wondering what). However, one positive thing I am able to do is to fundraise for Moorfields Eye Charity, and this is the main reason I’ll be taking part in Eye to Eye again, in March 2017. Although this isn’t helping my eyes directly, there’s a possibility that the results of research undertaken by Moorfields may benefit me in the future. And if it doesn’t, at least I know that it will be helping other people suffering with sight-threatening conditions. With this in mind, it seems like a good idea to have a bash at selling some of my paintings and donating the proceeds to Moorfields Eye Charity.
Although I’ve sold a reasonable number of paintings in the past, I haven’t ventured down this route for many years. Two of the little galleries which took my work have now unfortunately closed down, and the third has expanded into an enterprise which no longer has space for the likes of me, exhibiting work for sale at jaw-dropping prices by well established, proper artists who are actually able to make a living out of putting oil on canvas. Selling work through galleries probably wouldn’t be the best method of raising money for charity anyway, as usually they insist that paintings are framed first (which can be pretty expensive), and they commonly take between 20% and 30% commission. Having said that, nothing quite beats the confidence-boost of being contacted by a gallery with the news that a complete stranger has parted with their hard-earned cash in return for one of my paintings.
But I digress. The point is that I now have quite a collection of paintings propped up against the walls of my spare room, which I’d be happy to part with in order to raise money for a cause which is very important to me. I’m not going to start putting price tags on them as I was always hugely embarrassed at that aspect of selling my work and asked the galleries to price them for me. A painting is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it at the end of the day. They’re all oil on canvas, and if you hover over each image, you should be able to read the titles and dimensions. If you’re interested in any of them, please drop me a message or an email, or just comment on this blog post. Feel free to share, if you think others may be interested. There are no prizes for correctly guessing which were painted before my retinal detachments and which were painted afterwards… 😉
Note: An explanation of ‘Eye Chart’ can be found in the blog post, Oil on canvas.