How I Sold My First Painting

Today is a very special day for me. It's an important landmark that will always hold a special place in my heart. Today is the 9th anniversary of the first painting that I ever sold!

Nine years ago today, I was at my childhood home in Toronto and my beautiful grandmother was visiting for Thanksgiving. My whole family decided to go out for a hike but I chose to stay home and make some art. In the few hours that they were gone I started a finished a painting. It was a small, blue abstract painting and I left it on the kitchen table to so my family could check it out when they got home.

Once they got home, my lovely grandmother came up to me and said "Meg, how would you like to make $100?". As a young teenager who had just finished her first job as a camp counsellor making $110 per WEEK, the proposition sounded delightful! I told her that, yes, I would very much like to make a hundred dollars. Curious over how I could make such a huge fortune I asked her what she had in mind.

Without missing a beat, my Granny offered me $100 dollars if she could buy the little blue painting that I'd completed that afternoon. I was SO excited! Naturally, I agreed and we shook hands to seal the deal.

This was a turning point in my life. For the first time, I realized that people would be willing to pay for my paintings and that they actually liked what I was creating. At a young age I realized that my passion for painting was something that I wanted to pursue, both creatively and professionally.

I had no idea that nine years later I would be a professional artist with her own studio, with art in private collections across the world, and whose art has been shown both domestically and internationally! I am on cloud nine with the direction that my art is going, and owe a lot of it to my beautiful Grandmother.

Thanks, Granny! I love you!

meg o'hara first painting

Above is a photo of my lovely Grandmother. You can't see it in this picture, but the painting I sold her is actually hanging on the wall to the left, just out of the camera frame.