The Art of Sandra Busby...
Painter of Playful Light in Glass and Still Life

Thursday, 15 November 2012

How do we let go of a painting we love?



Well, it's been a productive week for me.
Since my last post I have sold another glass painting and I've also completed two more to replace them. 

Here's the first of the two replacements...


 


...I'll post the other one in a few days.
Let's hope they sell as quickly as the last two did! 


Meanwhile, I received an email last week from a lady enquiring about how she can get hold of one of my original bear paintings - namely 'Sherlock'...





...This is good news, right?


Well, although I have limited edition prints available - I hadn't actually put the originals up for sale yet!
The plan was to get the series complete and then hold an exhibition, where the bears would be available to buy. But that was to be some way ahead, so I hadn't considered how selling one of the bears might actually feel.

I'm always so chuffed to sell my other work, but somehow the prospect of selling an original bear makes me feel quite emotional - even though that was always the intention! 

Sherlock and I go back a long way and if the lady does decide to buy the bear, then handing him over will be really hard! *sniff, sniff*...

Still, she does sound as though she would love Sherlock just as I do, which helps a lot :0)
I'm not sure I could hand him over to just anyone! 

Is this the same for all Artist's? Or am I alone here?
Have any of you had a painting, which you have been so connected with, that you have found it really hard to let go of ? 

I'd love to hear your own stories - if only to make me feel less ridiculous!


38 comments:

  1. Cette peinture est vraiment merveilleuse!
    C'est vrai que parfois, on est un peu triste de vendre des peintures que l'on aime...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Merci beaucoup Olivia. Je suis heureux que vous comprenez!

    ReplyDelete
  3. He he he.. It is that familiar feeling you are talking about.. Yes I also get to feel it when I am in such a situation. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Prabal - I suppose it's the bitter sweet part of being an Artist!

      Delete
  4. Hi Sandra. Don't feel ridiculous! I'm the same way with a few of my paintings. There are three I would not part with, unless for some unbelievably HUGE sum of money, and I would still feel badly selling them. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad I'm not alone Hilda.
      I would LOVE to know which ones they are! You must show me sometime!

      Delete
  5. The new glass painting is gorgeous!! I am so thrilled for you to be selling them so well. That is just awesome and you deserve it so much.

    And yes I know exactly what you're talking about. I've sold a few that I wished I hadn't. Just the other day I was looking through my digital files of paintings and came across a few that I wished I had kept. In fact the first painting I ever sold I cried my eyes out over. Mostly because I hadn't expected to sell it, I entered it in a competition that required all art to be for sale so I priced it VERY high, thinking no one would be crazy enough to buy it, but they did. And I actually asked the gallery if I 'had' to sell it. They thought I was nuts. This exact scenario actually happened twice!

    I've since made the decision that if I feel that strongly about a piece I will not sell it. Maybe my feelings will change over time and I'll be able to part with them, but for now I won't. I still regret selling those two and wish I never had. Even though I have prints for myself, it's not quite the same you know?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Crystal :0)
      Of all the people who had experienced the same feeling, I knew that you would be one of them!
      Hmm... The thought of regretting it worries me hugely!
      But, if I am ever going to be able to become an Artist full time, then I suppose it is all part of that journey. I am going to ask the buyer that if they want it, then I hope they will allow me to borrow it back, just once, for the bear exhibition as mark it as sold. They seem so nice, I can't imagine that they would say no!
      I'll make sure that I keep a print for myself, even if it isn't the same :0)

      Delete
    2. And I should have made a point to say that the ones I regret selling were both of my boys. If it had been any other subject I don't think I would have taken it so hard.

      Delete
  6. It's a very hard line to walk you know? To make our best work we need to paint what connects us emotionally, but then the finished painting is very difficult to let go of. Conundrum right?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it is Crystal! Although the fact that people are willing to invest their hard earned money in to an original piece, suggests at least that they will look after it well :0)

      Delete
  7. Hi Sandra, first of all congratulations for the sale of the second glass painting.
    The new one has nothing to envy to the previous, it's really beautiful.
    As to the selling of our paintings, I must say that the first time I have been asked to sell one of my watercolor I was very reluctant, but after having "rotto il ghiaccio" the first time, (break the ice, as we said in Italy), I no longer had any hesitation to sell any watercolors. I only have one of my painting that I decided to never sell (.....but as you know....never say never!!). Ciao!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Tito - that is good to know.
      Perhaps once I have sold the first bear, the rest will be easier!
      I don't feel that way about any of the other paintings I sell. It's just these old bears! I think I need to get out more, lol! ;0)




















      Delete
  8. Sandra, your paintings are all so lovely, and I can imagine the bear paintings would be hard to let go..
    I have a couple of graphite drawings that I will not let go.. there's just no two ways about it.. The way I see it ,, it's not enough money to change my life, and I've already lost a few treasured things.
    That is your choice of course, and you do have more than one..
    Well this is harder than we thought HUH ??? lol ! BJ

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't it just Barbra! And I think I know which drawings you mean - 'Sophistication' is probably one, right? :0)

      Delete
  9. The new painting is wonderful but I would find it hard to part with Sherlock as well... I have had many offers for the painting that is my header and they just make me feel sick at the thought... It is still my favourite and marked the start of a new road and all that so I feel way too attached... I know I could put a print of it above my desk, but just don't think it would be the same... decisions, decisions.... maybe you could sell but with the proviso that she sends you regular updates on how he is doing.... or maybe you could get visitation!!!
    T xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lol Tracey! Visitation rights - love it!
      I'm going to ask if I can borrow it back just for my bear exhibition. Hopefully she will say yes if she buys it and then at least I know I'll see him again! :0)

      Delete
  10. Now I think that I have digital copies and I can always have a print that I don't need the original. However, if you feel that strongly and he is the 1st of the series maybe you should keep him and persuade the nice lady to buy one of the others?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's a good idea Sue - Though I think they'd all be hard to let go of!
      So much heart went in to them - it's not like anything else I paint. Still - I think this is where I need to take my sentimental head off and stick my business head on!

      Delete
  11. If I painted these bears like you, I would never let go either! But just think Sandra... the buyer wants to buy, because they love it just as much as you, so you know it will find a good home..good advertising for the next bear painting as well!. I paint mostly family members so its easy to let go since I can visit my paintings..However, I can never let go of any paintings of my Mom and Dad..even to a family member...!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It helps to look at it like this Hilda - thank you! You are right - It should be hanging on someones wall where people can enjoy it :0)

      Delete
  12. Sandra I think you'd like this quote on Belinda Del Pesco's latest post, may help.

    http://belindadelpesco.blogspot.com/2012/11/watercolor-asleep-at-wheel.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much for taking the trouble Sue - I completely relate to that story! A good read! :0)

      Delete
  13. Each one is like a child - and hard to let go. Your Sherlock is very beautiful - perhaps his new owner willl lend him back to you for the exhibiton. And congratulations on the second sale of your sparkling glassware!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Susan. Yes, thankfully, should she take him, she has agreed to do just that :0)

      Delete
  14. There are some paintings I would never sell. They are your children, aren't they. Congratulations, Sandra!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you - and yes Judy! It's bonkers isn't it?

      Delete
  15. I look at letting them go like someone adopting them and giving them a good home.
    Of course, I do have some will never fly my nest !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Pat - what a great way of looking at it :0)

      Delete
  16. Your glass on black painting looks so cool!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Looks like you are on a winning streak with the glass paintings Sandra!

    I can relate somewhat to how you feel when 'letting go' of your painting, even though I haven't really sold any. I gave away the small miniature watercolour I did of Bath Terrace to our club's raffle last month, and for some strange reason, I miss having that little work around.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Frank - It's good to see you on the blog circuit again! I'm glad everyone can relate! It's a shame you regret it - but nice that it will hang on someones wall and that is why I should be pleased for Sherlock :0)

      Delete
  18. No words of wisdom from me I'm afraid as I've never been in your situation. Personally I think I'd regret letting go of something as special to me as Sherlock is to you, but then I'm not trying to make a business out of my art. When it comes to disputes between the head and the heart, I'm an old softee. ;)
    Love the new glasses painting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you John.
      Yes - I may well regret it - but then if I don't sell, then I will probably regret that too. I'll let fate decide :0)

      Delete
  19. What good news!!!! I don't want to say I told you so...but....! It's all about getting your stuff out there, as you know, the more it's out there the more contacts you make.

    I hope Sherlock is happy in his new home!!


    Well done, Sandra

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much John! Your positivity has been just the medicine I need! You are quite right ;)

      Delete
  20. hi sandra ...great news ! ...i'm very happy for you ! ...prehaps the owner would be happy to loan the painting to you in the future for your exhibition .

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Where possible I will respond via email. I really do love to read them! They always make me smile ;0)

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...