Wishing my babies farewell

I’ve been asked if it’s hard to give up my paintings when I sell them. Like anything in which I’ve invested time, energy, and focus, yes, I have to admit that sometimes it is hard to let go. But much as a cook takes pride and pleasure in sharing a meal that has been carefully prepared, I take pride and pleasure in other people’s enjoyment of what I have produced in my studio.

When someone tells me how a piece they bought is being used, or shows me how it has been framed and where it is displayed, it reinforces my satisfaction in the sale. It’s like seeing a gift put to good use, an affirmation that my work is appreciated and enjoyed.

Particularly with pet portraits like those in the Animal Gallery, because I’ve been able to capture the animal’s personality, the buyer’s friends may comes to me to have portraits done of their own pets. That’s exciting to me because, once again, it’s an affirmation that my work has provided something satisfying and unique that pet owners appreciate.

I keep photographs of most of my pieces for my own records so I can look back through them to remember what I’ve done, evaluate how my style has developed over time, and recognize how my work has matured. As in most houses, the wall space in our house is too limited to even attempt to hang all my paintings. Rather than stacking finished pieces away forever in some dark closet, I would much rather see them into the appreciative hands (and onto the walls) of an admirer.

The paintings that are most difficult to give up are those I like the best, those I’m most satisfied with. Unless I have painted them with a specific site in mind to display in my own home, I’ve decided that those are the ones that most have to go. That is my best work. Those are the pieces I most want to go out into the world. Like a proud parent, I’m both sad and happy when my babies leave the nest. Sometimes it’s hard to let go, but, as in parenting, the whole idea in creating paintings is ultimately to send them off into the real world outside the studio.

Any income from sales, at this point, goes right back into supplies, lessons, and materials to help me continue to progress, produce, and sell even more.

Visit again on the 15th for “Just my style, Part 2.”

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