Two Pears and a Ginger Jar – Oil on Panel, 5 x 7 inches
Sometimes it’s hard to let go of paintings.
And when that happens with me, I’m not always sure why.
I did this little painting last month, when this season’s pears had first started appearing. Usually, I put a painting up for auction here as soon as its done, but this one…this one I hung on to.
It may be that there was something about it I wanted to figure out, and looking at it every day would help me do that.
Even now, I’m still not sure why I kept it so long. Maybe something that I thought worked out and I wasn’t sure why.
Sometimes I think it would be nice to have all my paintings together at one time, so I could see how they’ve changed over time, pick out the bits I liked the most. I used to do that a lot when I was earlier in my learning journey and produced entirely practice pieces, without selling anything.
But turning professional as a painter inevitably means that the paintings have to find new homes when they’re done, sooner or later.
And there is something nice about that.
If I stop to think about it, it amazes me that little paintings of mine are all over the world now, hopefully giving their owners pleasure. The point of painting then becomes mostly just to be involved in the act of painting, improving and developing – which is really how it should be.
So although I think I’ll miss this little painting if it finds a new home, it’s time for it to move on.
How does that feel for you, when (if?) you sell your work? Do you ever miss your paintings after they’ve gone?
Do you hang on to them sometimes without really knowing why?
Please leave a comment and let me know.
Best wishes and thanks for reading,
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