This week I met one such artist. I was invited to a function hosted by the well known and highly respected famous chef Raymond Le Blanc at Brasserie Blanc, just one of his outstanding restaurants which is located in Winchester.
This event was generously hosted by Raymond in aid of the Lady Taverners, an association of which I am proud to be a member How I became a member and information on this wonderful charity I will share in a seperate entry because the work involved to help very special children deserves that honour.
And so on Monday 18th January, 2010 I arrived with a painting that I was donating as one of the main prizes in the Auction which was to take place that evening. Guests were warmly welcomed by Raymond who has the charistmatic charm you would expect from a wonderful French host. I had seen Raymond on many television programmes but until now had not had the opportunity to meet him in person. I was so impressed immediately by his smile and engaging personality. He seemed to possess endless energy and the magical quality of making every single person in the room feel welcome. The time he gave during the evening to ensure it was a huge success is tribute to a man who has a truly generous spirit.
Whilst the flowing champagne was superb the canapes were outstanding. A never ending array of tasteful and beautifully presented "mise en bouche" were constantly available to tempt the palette.A palette so far removed from the one I normally discuss on my blog! The art of creation is there in colour,shape,texture and of course needs to be pleasing to the eye. Presentation is the key. Raymond has mastered this skill in a way that has to be witnessed. I was tempted many times with the fine food. Looking at every guest in the room I can safely say we will all be returning to Brasserie Blanc to sample more of this excellent cuisine.
Then the time for the Auction arose and we were entertained by the most charming and professional of auctioneers.
When my painting was shown to the audience I waited and watched as the bids grew. There is an element of excitement at a successful auction and the moment was hanging at one point where the final bids fell between two gentlemen. It was almost like a humourous duel but I am thrilled and honoured to share the news that Raymond Le Blanc made the winning bid.
The painting was one of my original cockerels captured in glowing watercolour. These paintings are now fast becoming collectors items and this particular piece will be on display in one of Raymonds amazing restaurants.
Readers of my blog may be expecting me to share the painting. You may be waiting for me to share the news of which famous restaurant it may be seen.
I think its first viewing should be in the restaurant...........so please if you visit any of Raymonds fabulous venues where you all be in awe of the artistic creativity look out for my painting.
Sometimes hand in hand artists can do more than create.They can also help in a way from the heart and soul bringing happiness to so many others.
I wish you joy, happiness and a wonderful year ahead in 2010.
Mine has already been blessed by the art of giving.
To Raymond a huge thank you for a wonderfully unforgettable evening for the Lady Taverners and may the painting bring you years of Good Luck and Good fortune.