Sometimes you make a painting that satisfies your soul to the deepest depths, but it doesn't sell. Sometimes you make one that you deem technically okay but uninspired, and it sells right away. If you'd made giclée prints, you could have sold it a hundred times over. Which would you rather paint? Of course, we'd all like to paint ones that do both, and sometimes, we do.
But here's a secret. I prize the ones that satisfy me and don't sell. They satisfy me even more because I know they won't sell. This is perhaps perverse, since I'm taking pleasure in what some consider a negative. But knowing that I can keep it forever means that it's mine. Sometimes you just want to keep something for yourself.
I think, too, that the ones that satisfy you but not the public have some mystery about them. Something personally engaging that you need to listen to. It may be trying to give you directions to a new and better place for you and your art.
Here's a little oil painting I did while at Zion National Park back in November.
|"Blue Shadow" 5x7 oil|
Now here's a painting that sold. I could have sold it (or, at least, any painting of this boat) many times. People are always disappointed to hear it's no longer available. I do like the painting; otherwise, I wouldn't have put it out for sale. I suppose I could make prints of it, but I won't. And why is a subject for a future blog post.
|"The Simone & Rachel" 16x20, oil|