A Recent question from one of my students …
Recently I sold seven of my paintings from $30, to $100. I didn’t charge much because I thought I would be a good idea to get my paintings out in the world. In my house no one but myself and husband see them. I also wanted to see if people wanted them enough to buy. I get a lot of positive statements from my friends but, I wanted to see what the public thought. Now I am having seller’s remorse. I miss the paintings. It is like selling part of myself. My question to you is when you first started out did you experience the same thing? Is this just a mother’s not willing to let go her babies?
How well I know the feeling…..
This is my BIGGEST problems is selling my paintings.
I’ve been selling paintings for 20 years and I still wish I didn’t sell them. I remember many with great longing.
You just have to let go and know that no matter how much you love your paintings, when someone else purchases that painting, they’re really saying ….
“I love this painting…..
I will take care of this painting …..
I want to have it close, so I can always disappear into this painting…..”
It’s comforting to know our customers will actually develop a relationship with this work…..your work.
They’re also saying they’re potential candidates for future painting sales….
Even with this understanding …..
There’s really only one cure for the painting blues…..
Paint more paintings that you’d hate to part with…..
AND never lose the lost feeling whenever you sell a painting.
This feeling helps drive us to become a better and better artists.
It’s what drove me to develop the Colorado Series I just released this past weekend. I released all 16 paintings and four instructional DVDs on how to four of them. Each month, I’ll release more. My favorite, A Happy Day was the first to go. I’ve sold three of the 16 paintings so far and they all go on display in 2 days at a gallery for a month. I’ll be putting up a page on my website soon where the paintings will be offered on-line. I really hate to do this, but I’ve got 180 paintings hanging in my home and my lovely bride says no more. Each I hang now means its replacing a loved one. If you haven’t seen my Colorado Series, here they are:
I’m feeling the remorse of these recent decisions of mine.
I’ll have to create a new family now to love…..