|Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
That depends on how much I like the piece.
Not at all... it gives me joy!
Sometimes, but it also motivates me to make more.
Sometimes, but I'm actively trying to overcome that attachment and learn to let go. Necessity has changed my perception of a piece's personal emotional value to me -- to pay the bills, I need to sell, and often the pieces I love the most are the ones that people want to buy. In the metamorphic process I'm currently experiencing, I've had to begin shifting my way of thinking from that of a person who makes art as a hobby to that of one who embodies art in all the different facets of her life. In order to be a successful art businessperson, it will be important for me to be okay with letting go of my creations. I can always make more! And, what better way to motivate me to begin cranking out substantial collections of the types of work with which I'm already most familiar? There may always be a piece or two with which I won't part, but my goal is to ensure that's only the case when the art in question is something extremely personal and special to me.
Always... It's heartbreaking. :(
I am not exactly sure why is does pain me, but it does and I am always hopeful someone is going to enjoy the art I took the time and inspiration to create.
Yes and no.
Yes, sigh, I miss it.
No, I have:
1. made money, and
2. I have made a life-long commitment to some kind human being with exceptional taste (LOL).
The letting go, far outweighs the holding onto.
I'll let you know when I've actually sold something (lol).
Personally, I have been extremely lucky. I have always sold my paintings before they were finished, and sometimes before there even started!
My work is mostly digital, so I still have them after they've sold. I do mourn the loss of each original piece though, at least a little.
Au contraire, I am delighted
Of course! It’s like a son or daughter… but I try they go with someone who loves and takes care of them. :-) It's also a nice moment!
I do have a difficult time parting with my work...I honestly would much rather distribute prints than give up an original. There is always a twinge of regret at the thought of handing it off. There are so many small nuances within it that mean something personal to me that others may just not connect with. I think that many people can study a piece of art and though they may sense the general ambiance and meaning behind the artist's vision, they each have a very private and individual, almost subconcious, reaction to it that cannot even be put into words. Since it's creator has put their heart and soul into it, it is sometimes hard to share.
Only if it is underpriced. You should not sell a piece at any price if you don't want to sell it. But, besides building your own personal collection of your own work -- take one of each series and keep it -- the work you make is for all to enjoy. It is your job as an artist to reveal who you are, and you do that by having your work out in the world.
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