Call Lourdes….we have a miracle!!

WTF? Now why would awittykitty ever have $100 in her hands?

  1. She just knocked over a bank and has stupidly stopped for a moment to take a photo, since she is so unfamiliar with such vast sums of money.
  2. Remember when her friend from California thought New York was full of crackhead gangsta ‘ho’s?  Well witty finally realized how much money she could make with her natural gansta style and charm.
  3. Pass Go, and collect $100. Hey! Guess what? The pretend version of Poor People’s Monopoly you play in your car…Actually works!!
  4. She just collected 1.5 gabillion aluminum cans and brought them back for a nickle a piece.
  5. awittykitty sold a painting(!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Breathe, witty, breathe!! You did tell them of your no-return policy, right? Right??? 

Yes, I sold a painting this week. Its the law. One a year.  No more. No less.

My old boss from my last job had sent me an e-mail last Friday telling me that someone was interested in buying one of my paintings, that was hanging at a mental health center downtown. Why was it hanging there? I don’t really know. After my summer art show downtown, it was just randomly transferred to this place. I had gone there twice to go get it, but both times the place had been closed, which must have been karma. Why? So that the nice young woman who eventually bought it, got to see it, of course.

But did I call her once I got her phone number? Hell no. I was too scared. I would just look at her phone number  on my counter repeatedly and say like “Hi, I know you’re there!” And “Okay, you can stop looking at me now.” Why? Because of my infernal lowselfesteemcrazybrain syndrome which was setting up this whole complicated scenario. I was thinking…oh she saw my painting and thought…oh some mentally ill person probably did that so I can probably get it for only $10. And I totally can’t wait to get it for such a great deal because the person who painted it (whispers) …won’t even know the difference. (evil laughter).

Hey, I didn’t say it made any sense. Its just how my brain works. Why do you think I’ve been in therapy 80% of my life? Plus I thought…as long as I don’t call her, I will still be an artist who has somebody who wants to buy their painting. Yeah, I know, pretty lame, huh? But, it did keep me all warm and cuddly over the weekend, especially after I eventually hid the woman’s phone number in my kitchen drawer Sunday night, because looking at it made it all too real. 

On Monday I went down to the social service place I’m no longer a part of. I am allowed to attend their support groups and even though I am suffering from a really bad cold, I went to my old Empowerment group with my old homie “J”.

I told the group about my extremely ridiculous low self esteem thingie and even THEY were perplexed by it. Like WTF? Huh? I  really think I just needed Cher’s character from “Moonstruck” to whack me across the face and say, “Snap out of it!”

 So after the group, I asked “J” if he would help me find the person who was buying the painting, since *SURPRISE* they worked there!! I was nervous, but I figured if “J” was there, at least the letdown wouldn’t be so bad. 

Anyways, so after asking around a little, we finally located the young woman who wanted to buy my child painting and I told her who I was and she smiled and said she really liked my work. And then almost immediately she said the price aloud. One hundred dollars. My heart leapt. She DID know the price and was okay with it. Oh my god, can you imagine?

I did have to work really hard not to let the gremlins out, however. The “Oh, that’s all right. Its only $40.” or “Wait. I’ll come clean your car and house for that price.” No, damn it, I actually let it be.  They were getting a wittykitty original after all. A print I had always wanted to put on tee-shirts.  A painting, I was soon realizing, I hadn’t really wanted to sell because I had become emotionally attached to.  When I told “L” the Hippy Chick that last night she said the reason I felt that way was because it was good. Me: “Oh.”

So we had to figure out a few things, like how to get the painting. We called the crazy-crazy place to see if they were open and they were,  so she decided that we should just go over and get it.

It was a quick, painless transaction.  She told me she was buying it for her fiance for Christmas because they had a white cat and her boyfriend “liked kitties like a girl”. Heh! The people over at the Center were sad to see it go too. They asked me what it was called and I said “The Scream”, but they  all thought it should be “The Meow” or “The Hiss”. And then she handed me the check. I was still in a state of total denial at that point, for some reason. Will it really say $100? Or is this like some elaborate “Punk’d” episode to make witty pay for all the mean things she has said in her blog over the years? 

But it was real. And before we walked out, she asked if I had signed the painting. I said no. My mom is always bitching at me about that. I don’t sign my work. The  woman said she wanted me to sign it in case I got famous.

Oh, you kidder you!

So I signed the back of the painting and wrote something far more important next to my signature:

SOLD October 1st, 2007


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27 Responses to “Call Lourdes….we have a miracle!!”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Yay you! That is so wonderful. And I love the painting, too.

  2. freshhell Says:

    Excellent news! Nice to know people actually buy paintings.

  3. geekbetty Says:

    YAY!!! congrats!! thats freakin’ awesome.

  4. Stepfordtart Says:

    I hope you’re going to fritter it away on needless fripperies, in true artist stylee. I know where you could hire an organist to play you a lovely tune (!). s x

  5. For-Tart Says:

    Congratulations on a sale as well as a fine work of art.

  6. Char Says:

    That’s awesome, congratulations!
    Not sure if I’ve ever commented before, been reading you for a while, I love your blog. Just had to say, way to go!

  7. hil Says:

    Awesome! Awesome! Yay! Help me. I am stricken with jealousy!

  8. Smed Says:


  9. golfwidow Says:

    Congratulations! That is so awesome!

  10. Argentum Says:

    Congrats! That’s great!

  11. crankygirl Says:

    Ditto. Now go buy a Caramel Latte and fend off the Jennifers.

  12. Kat Says:

    Way to go Witty!!!!!!!!!!! I’m happy for you! That was my absolute favorite of all of the artwork you’ve put up on your blog. Now, do another one just like it! K.

  13. thecrankyone Says:

    Congrats on the sale. That’s awesome. I love your take on Edvard Munch. The Scream is one of my all time favorite paintings. I even used to have a layout based around it. I’m not even sure I remember why I changed it. But I’m so happy for you and your sale. So what are you going to do with all that cash, Miss Wealthy artisit. hehehe High Five

  14. annanotbob Says:

    Hurrah! Good for you!

  15. LA Says:

    YAY!YAY!!!!YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!! Now that you’ve broken down and let someone buy one of your pieces will you PLEASE sell me the alligator one? The one I NEED because my shitty ex-husband took the Siamese temple rubbing and left a big f-ing hole in my living room decor and that alligator painting is totally perfect in both color and style and has a wicked, wicked sense of the absurd which is exactly what a painting that fills the gap left by a shitty ex-husband should have. I will even pay for it with sheckles I earned from my own art so karma is satisfied. ‘Kay?

    In the meantime, please do as these other nice folk have suggested and do something lovely and delicious with the loot. Very proud of you. I know it was very scary and hard and called up all sorts of “I’m not worthy” feelings. So I repeat, I am very proud of you! ~LA

  16. karmacat Says:

    Congratulations! It’s a cool painting, and, yes, it would be awesome on a t-shirt.

  17. artgnome Says:

    congratulations, my dear, I knew you had it in you. Now, this is what you can do to make that $100 grow. First, get another canvas and paint another good piece for the crazy crazy place to replace the one that sold. Bets are that you will sell another. I also want you to take a leap of faith and charge $125 for the new one.

    Also, work from the success of the other one. Make another cat painting doing something crazy. Having a running theme or gimmick is a marketable thing. Your images of cats are good. Run with it. Make a melting Dali kitty, a Picasso kitty, Jackson Pollock kitty parts (eww, heh heh).

    Also find a couple of coffee houses or such that will house one or two of your babies as well.

    You are on your way, if you can let yourself do it. Sending strength your way. I used to be homeless and talk to myself on park benches. I’ve come a long way. So can you, if you want it bad enough.

    best to you!

  18. Xat Says:

    Yay! Yay! Yay!

    Now get back on that arty horse and sell another one. You can do it. I know you can. And I’m never wrong… >)

  19. diana nguyen Says:

    congrats! and i just wanted to say: reading your blog really brightens my day 😀

  20. shaded-lily Says:

    Congratulations!!! You should be proud of yourself for having created that charming piece in the first place and then for having sold it. Yay witty!

  21. Seacreature Says:

    Oh what FABULOUS news! Hurray! Little leaps and bounds, that’s all it takes. Happy happy JOY JOY!!

  22. Missicat Says:

    Delurking to say – yay! Love the painting 🙂

  23. awittykitty Says:

    Thanks for all the loverly comments everyone. I mostly paid bills and Guardcat got some of the “good” cat food (Fancy Feast) for a change since she does have to live with me 365 days a year. I did work on a painting today and I think its because I felt so energized with all your comments. So again. thanks. 🙂

  24. Andria Says:

    Um. How did I not read this until just now? Anyway. GOOD FOR YOU! Congratulations on selling your painting! I hope you do something fun and frivolous with that money. You deserve it.

    ps. If you did put that painting on a shirt, I would totally buy it.

  25. scotvalkyrie Says:

    squee! squee! squee!

    Yo is a pro. now, baby!

  26. Dree Says:

    Also delurking to say I think your chin hair remover guy may be right! Congrats on the sale!

  27. warcrygirl Says:

    SQUEEE!!!! And, CONGRATULATIONS!!! How the hell did I miss these past few posts? Oh, I’m so happy for you!

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