The age of forgetfulness

In all the busy-ness of the last few weeks I totally forgot I was going to let you in on the (almost) 30-year saga of one of my early paintings. I did Echo Park XI in 1990 as part of a 16-painting series of lotus plants in a small eponymous park in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Here’s what it looks like–

Echo Park XI — 36″ x 46″

A friend of mine from way back–Dave–stopped by for a visit years later when I lived in the Chicago area sometime in the 2000’s. As an avid art fan and collector he of course wanted a tour of my studio. It turned out this was his favorite of what I had on hand at the time. Keep in mind it was already over 10 years old. He wasn’t up for buying it, but I kept the compliment somewhere in the deep recesses of my mental file cabinet.

Fast forward to summer 2019. Painting is now nearing its 30th birthday. I get a chatty email from him in July reminding me of the annual Lotus Festival in Echo Park ( which of course prompted me to remind him that I knew it well, having painted the lilies many times. With no thought of a sale I also mentioned that I still had what I remembered to be his favorite, #XI. Turns out he was in the market and interested. I told him I could give him a good price but the shipping on such a large painting could be a deal breaker–Michigan to California, a bit over $200 and I throw in the shipping box for free. He went for it as I promptly fell off my chair.

So I did the FedEx thing and sweated its journey until I knew it arrived safely. Then I waited, hoping for a photo of it in its new home. What I got was even better–a video! Here you get to see the curved staircase by the floor-to-ceiling windows leading past other art works in his collection to the top landing by the front entrance door–and there it is! The whole place is filled with art, so this entryway makes a nice prelude to the rest of the collection.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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12 Responses to The age of forgetfulness

  1. anne leueen says:

    Fantastic to have this video. What a staircase that is. There is a house in Chelsea opposite the park for the Royal Hospital that has a house with a staircase like that and art work on the walls. I have seen the interior when walking in the evening past the house. Anyway your lotus looks splendid there.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      I didn’t show the entire video because the rest of it was the interior of a private residence. I will say, however, that besides the fantastic staircase the space features a drop-dead view of the San Francisco skyline!


  2. Emma Cownie says:

    That’s just crazy to wait 30 years!! Yet, it also shows how important relations with collectors are! Congratulations on your sale!

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  3. Nancy A Powers says:

    What a great story! The longer you wait; the better it is, perhaps.

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  4. rangewriter says:

    Oh WOW! I love the story. I love his house. I love your painting. The one thing I miss about a former life, was the house we lived in that showed art so well.

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  5. jofox2108 says:

    Oh, I can see why he liked it – it’s beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Imdalegreene says:

    Fabulous story. And I love your painting. Thanks so much for sharing.

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