The blindfolded painter's reaction to seeing his artwork for the first time: relief.
"I had my sights set pretty low," Bill Hoover told The World-Herald on Saturday. "I was ready for the worst. [But] they looked like me. They looked like things that I would have done."
The World-Herald featured the 20-year artist's unconventional mission to paint blindfolded ahead of his Friday "Fenestratro" show. The 10 paintings were displayed Friday, next to some of Hoover's previous, non-blindfolded works. Prices ranged from $225 to $1750 per painting.
Eight of Hoover's 10 paintings sold, in addition to three of his earlier pieces. Hoover declined to discuss specifically how much the paintings sold for in total, but did say it was his most profitable (and best attended) show yet.
What's next for the formerly blindfolded painter? Come spring, Hoover joked, "maybe I'll paint with a paintbrush in my mouth."
Anyone interested in seeing Hoover's work can call 402-934-2947 to set up a private tour. The paintings are on display in Suite 120 of downtown Omaha's Mastercraft Building on North 13th Street.
Staff writer Casey Logan contributed to this report.