Carnival and Thoughts are Just Thoughts

I’ve completed and framed this picture, ‘Carnival’, as I’m donating it to a charity auction in aid of Music as Therapy International. (Feel free to bid on anything you fancy if you happen to be in the South East, UK. There are some great donations).

This is the first painting I’ve ever put out for public consumption so it’s been a bit nerve-wracking. I’ve had to work on not comparing myself to other people who have also donated to the auction and who are professional artists. They even have a reserve price!

But in the end . . . what’s the worst that could happen . . . nobody bids. Actually it’s worse than that because a load of people I know would know that nobody bid!

See where my mind can take me if I let it?

But even then, so what? If nobody bids, nobody bids but at least I will have had a go. Thoughts are just thoughts. They don’t mean anything unless I choose to let them.

The auction is on December 8th so I’ll come back here after then and let you know how it went.


10th Dec Update:

The auction was a big success. We raised over £3,000 and had a great party. And, drum roll . . . my painting had 16 bids and raised £75.  Hoorah!


15 comments to “Carnival and Thoughts are Just Thoughts”

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  1. nora clemens-gallo - 23 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Love your creation!! and your are very kind for donating it for a noble cause.
    Happy PPF!

  2. artmusedog and Carol - 23 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Wonderful abstract creation ~ It is wonderful that you are donating it for such a great cause ~ it is always anxiety provoking to put yourself out there ~ Trust all will be well ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  3. Annette G - 23 Nov, 2012 Reply

    ooh am sure there will be bidders, its a fab piece of art. Happy PPF, Annette x

  4. laurie - 23 Nov, 2012 Reply

    its beautiful! Don’t worry, I’m sure it will sell, isn’t it silly how we worry about things like that. You are so kind and generous to donate this beautiful work,

  5. Debbie - 24 Nov, 2012 Reply

    i love it! I’m sure you will have many bids!

  6. Lisa Isabella Russo - 24 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I love it! It has such a soothing and calming feel. It’s wonderful of you to donate it. I hope the auction goes well!

  7. Maggie Nemetz - 24 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I love this painting! It has a carnival feeling with its happy cheery colors, so it is aptly named! I think you will definitely get bids on it. Good luck!

  8. carlarey - 24 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Good luck with the auction. It can be tough to put your work out for any stranger to look at and judge, but usually the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

  9. Anne - 24 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Love the colors and it has a tranquil, positive feeling and well balanced composition! Good luck with the auction, I’m having my fingers crossed! 🙂

  10. denthe - 25 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Very special. I’m sure there will be bids!

  11. Jane - 26 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I love your creative carnival Gillian (& I’m sure will get plenty of bids!). I would bid on it myself but the colours wouldn’t work in my home. Would you consider creating something similar if I gave you a colour palette that would work? I guess I’m asking if you would do a commission for me…Thank you, look forward to hearing from you. Jane x

    • Gillian - 27 Nov, 2012 Reply

      Wow. That’s exciting! I’d be delighted to do a commission. I’ll contact you via email and we can discuss the details.

  12. Gillian - 27 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for all the lovely comments.

    So far there have been 2 bids and a lot of roller coaster thinking for me. All good fun though!

  13. Sue - 27 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I love your blog and your paintings/artwork. It’s inspiring when someone walks before they talk because then what they say has integrity and truth…..who would have thought we were and always will be the only author of our own fears and in the realisation, even the tiniest glimpse of an understanding of that comes the stillness.

  14. Gloria J Zucaro - 28 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful collage of color and line.

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