Thursday, 13 December 2007

Letting go

I've had two emails today from recent buyers of my artwork and its poignantly reminded me again of what it's like to create a piece of artwork - either as a commission or as an exhibition piece - and to sell it to someone. If its a commission I know what I'm painting as the client has specific ideas and I just have to find out what they want and create it for them. If its a painting for an exhibition I paint something that I hope may appeal to someone, as the idea has appealed to me somehow. But either way the painting is created and either short term for commissions, or sometimes long term for exhibition pieces, the painting will be stored somewhere where I see it regularly. And I get used to seeing it, and I like looking at it, and get pleasure from it. And then, suddenly, its sold. Its gone. I don't see the original anymore. I can see a copy of it but not the real thing.......

..... and then today I get an email from the buyer of the erotic landscape of New York, the painting I've entitled "Towering passions". He came to meet me and collect the painting at the weekend and he just wanted to say a big thank you for the painting and to say that he'll miss looking at it when it goes as a Christmas present to its intended recipient! And I realised that he was going through what I did - getting pleasure from the painting being in his view for a short space of time before it went to to hang on someone else's wall full time.

And then later on today I got another email from the USA - from a fellow blogger who has recently bought another of my paintings, and who received it this week, and wrote to say thank you and to tell me she is delighted with it. Which in turn delights me. I love it when one of my paintings goes to live where it will give pleasure to the people who now own it.

And the really nice thing too is that I'm meeting some lovely people through my art and the circle continues when my art brings people to me, to commission one of my paintings, or I advertise my art and the people come to me through that .... because it turned out that I know the buyer of the erotic landscape, although I had no idea who he was when he commissioned the piece. I had no idea who he was when he walked through my door at the weekend, it was only when he told me his connection with someone I know from years ago that I realised exactly who he was!! What a joy to meet him and say hi. What a powerful pull art is, to bring people to me, and for my art to be pulled to them through the images I depict.

8 comments:

Indigo said...

Art is joy to you and joy is art. Pleasure is intense and your creative work has never been more brilliant

Jackie Adshead said...

Indigo - Yes, you've summed it up perfectly, thanks.

nitebyrd said...

As the proud owner of "Chloe" I have difficulty expressing my joy in receiving the painting. Because it touched me with memories of my own cat, who was loved very much, I knew that I would have this beautiful painting. What I've sacrificed to acquire "Chloe" is minuscule in comparison to having this thing of beauty that I will enjoy every day, for years.

Thank you, again, Jackie. "Chloe" will be well loved and cared for.

Jackie Adshead said...

Nitebyrd - I know she will, and am so happy that I can bring you much pleasure and fond memories through my art!!

Lucy Felthouse said...

You really must stop doing so much work Jackie, you're making me look like a total slacker :)

Think you'll find my e-mail interesting though... xxx

Jackie Adshead said...

Lucy - I couldn't possibly make you look like a slacker - I know we both work hard in our chosen careers!!

And as for your email - I'm always interested in your propositions......

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Ahhhh, the letting go of your babies. Just think of all the lovely creations you'll be doing in the future, to make up for it, and the joy you are bringing to others through your paintings.

xx

(see, trying to keep up with blogs while away! hehe)

Jackie Adshead said...

Vi - Thanks, it's good to know I bring joy to others through my paintings.


And thanks for stopping by whilst you're on your sunny Aussie hols!