To start off, I had never been to The Omni before and let me just say, that place is nice! I think I need to go back and check it out when I don't have a deadline hanging over my head.
Anyway, so the event was a Masquerade Ball and it was also a black-tie affair. Not wanting to befoul a nice suit or ruin a rented tuxedo, I sprang for a vest to cover up my nice black tie and a dress up shirt. However, I had to go with my regular painting jeans and shoes for the rest of the ensemble. You have to be ready to make some sacrifices to the art gods when it comes to clothes, but I didn't quite want to total an entire outfit.
Then came time for the auction, which was handled by former Sotheby's auctioneer Edward Playfair. If you've never had your work glowingly talked about in a smooth Australian accent, it's quite nice. I worked on it up until he started his pitch about it, at which time I lifted it from the easel and held it up for the crowd to check out and bid on. It wound up bringing in $800 which I thought was great and I hope it's put to good use.
The next day I got the painting back up on the easel at home just to give it some touch ups, mostly adding in some shades of purple to the buildings in order to give them some depth. After that, it was varnishing, wiring, scanning, cataloging, wrapping up and delivering it to the lucky winners.