On Monday, I completed the tenth of my charity challenges – one quarter (or 25%) of the way through the list, but only 55 days (or 15%) through the year. That makes me officially ahead of schedule!
The latest task was to sell a painting what (almost in the words of Ernie Wise) I had drawn. This was the first time I had attempted an oil painting... ever. And yes, I realise it shows, but this challenge wasn’t about becoming the next big name in contemporary art, simply to do the best I could and see if the charitable cause might make the end result a little more appealing than the painting itself.
I actually quite enjoyed mixing the colours and trying to recreate a sunrise that actually happened last December. The orange and yellow colours in the sky that morning were unusual, but wonderful. I might have succeeded in preserving the “unusual”...
I was pleasantly surprised that the finished picture didn’t look as bad as I’d expected – from a distance at least... a long distance... in the dark – but it was still a major relief when the first couple of bids were placed and I realised that Mind was going to benefit by more than £1.99!
I created a couple of spoof newspaper articles and a particularly convincing Fake or Fortune photo featuring Fiona Bruce to try and raise a bit of interest and, over the next ten days, nearly one hundred people visited eBay to have a look at the picture, and twenty-three bids were received.
When the auction closed, the highest bid was an incredible £20 – so much more than I could ever have expected. The “winner” (and I use the term advisedly) has asked to remain anonymous – presumably for fear that the painting might be targeted by the criminal under-world... or the binmen. All I will say is that the person concerned is a good friend, and that is just the icing on the proverbial cake.
The £20 has been added to the Just Giving fund, and I am just a few pounds short of the £200 mark, which is one fifth of the way to my goal. Unless something happens this weekend, the former Doctor Who companion Sophie Aldred is next, on 9th March. I’m really looking forward to meeting her, and to having a photo to prove it!