behind the scenes

Demotivating

WHY did we drive to Auckland then??? But the customs officer was gone and has assigned us with a shy young assistant. Arguing with the wrong person doesn’t make sense, isn’t it?

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Customs

Did you know you physically can feel despondency?! Then your neck and arms slowly got filled with heavy lead, your voice gets weak and your eyes are stinging. And suddenly you want to sleep. For a long time. For a few years.

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Money in the wrong place

Gradually there is occurring some movement in the case ‘gallery O’. Occasionally they replied a whole sentence (after having sent my questions at least 2 times). The day after tomorrow the 2 boxes finally will be picked up by the courier to get back to New Zealand

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Ranting

Why are these things never handled like adults, such as a normal transaction in ordinary business life? Why are artists treated like whining kids. Or like an annoying mosquito? We are talking about $ 42,000 worth of trade.

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Exhibition Perth

Last Sunday, my friend Wilma who lives in Perth, went to ‘Gallery O’ to check if the gallery actually exists. To check if my paintings really were hung. To check if they didn’t hang them upside down. And to check if the bronze sculpture really is shown too.

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A classic mistake

14 October 2007 Do you remember I had shipped some artworks to Hong Kong? And that the shipment kindly was paid by the gallery owners;

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Vanity press

10 May 2007 I missed out the last art contest of this year. More than a week before the closing date I had sent the

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Hard to get

31 March 2007 The New Zealanders Mark & Chin Chye own a gallery in Hong Kong and via email they let me know they were

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Hammy

18 February 2007 And than … after the art competitions Wally & Molly I continued to Hammy.Hammy is Hamilton. A nice town in the middle

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Molly

28 January 2007 From the contest Wally we smoothly move over to Molly. Molly Morphet is an art contest in our own Whakatane and in

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Dunedin

11 December 2006 Yesterday, the transport box I had ordered in Auckland, was delivered to me. I will use it to provide the gallery in

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Wally 2

25 September 2006 Two weeks later, on our way to Auckland, I was getting nervous; one moment I was sure I had won, based on

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Wally 1

9 September 2006 Today we went to Auckland and stay there for 1 night. There were still some of my paintings pining away in the

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Squeezed out

22 August 2006 Dear Patricia, I would like to invite you to participate in an exhibition in April next year in Fisher’s gallery. It will

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Promises

8 March 2006 Last Saturday my father returned to Whakatane from his private tour through the North & South Island. Dutifully he had written his

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