WIP-Mixed Media 16 x 16 on canvas
An "in flux" painting--a warm up.
I've taken a longer hiatus than anticipated,
but that's for another post...
This week I had a commission fall through.
Nope, I didn't have a contract or a deposit.
But I realized something significant.
The person didn't love it.
While they liked it, they didn't love it.
Quite a number of years ago when I did a lot of art fairs,
there were several different types of people that wandered into my booth.
The "breeze in-breeze out" no eye contact-barely replied to my hello,
the "why is this so expensive?, I could get this at JCPenney's-framed for $30",
the person who would engage in conversation about my work,
the gem of all gems, the drunk person asking for a discount,(buh-bye now)
then out of the blue....
the person who sees your work from across the way,
marches in, takes it off the wall and proclaims-
"I have to have this!"
If you truly love something, make a connection with it,
you'll make it happen-you'll buy it.
The reason I make art isn't just to sell art.
Absolutely, sales are fantastic,
but the reason I make art is because even though I question myself all-the-time,
I have something to say.
When someone connects with that,
it affirms why I make art.
I sold my Dad's house, the couple that bought it,
looked at it, fell in love with it and wrote an offer on the spot.
That's the same reaction I desire for my art.
Someone makes a connection-be it emotional, spiritual--whatever
and. buys. it.
In the future,