Tuesday, June 24, 2008
More than a pretty picture
So my back is getting better by the day and I’m not going to say anymore lest I jinx my recovery (because I really am that superstitious) and thanks again to everyone for their well wishes!
Well, injuries aside, the past little while has been very productive for me in terms of art and some good news to come my way is that “Mystic” sold at the Expressions show and I was mentioned in several articles both in print and online publications regarding the show. (Insert me tooting my own horn here.) I have to admit that while I was happy it sold I was also a little disappointed.
Let me explain.
"Mystic" was a piece that I had completed fairly recently and, quite frankly, I was rather pleased with how it had turned out. I've always relished in the knowledge that I'll be able to spend some time with my work since art, being what it is, doesn't exactly have a rapid rate of turn-over. I get to appreciate it, study it, think about what I may have done differently and, ultimately, get better from spending time with any given piece of art I've done (while also working on other pieces, of course). In this case it was quite different as I had barely framed the darn thing before it was out the door, hung in the gallery and someone had bought it.
I guess that's what I get for wanting to be an artist that shows and sells their work, right?
Now I hate to get all sentimental about it but let's face it, I think whether you're in the business of selling your art or not, that it's very possible to become emotionally attached to a piece. I'm happy that "Mystic" meant enough to someone else that they were happy to buy it and hang it on their wall for the world to see but at the same time I can't help but feel that I needed to spend some more time with that piece. What would I have learned from it? I'm not really sure... I'm just glad I got as many pictures of it as I could!
So is it just me or does anyone else feel the same?