As an artist, you constantly ride the roller-coaster of “Will they / Won’t they like my work?” That, plus the sometimes crippling fear that your stuff is actually crap, can create some very neurotic behavior. And, unfortunately, it’s not always good enough for people to tell you they like your work.
Don’t get me wrong, it helps and feels great when you hear someone say “Wow! I really like that piece,” or similar compliments. But when you’re an artist who’s trying to make a living at your art, that kind of praise only goes so far.
Which is why it’s always thrilling when someone likes your work enough to actually purchase it. It takes that “Wow! I really like that piece,” comment and elevates it to a whole new level of validation, because someone thought it was good enough to fork over a wad of cash so s/he could own said piece.
I recently had such a moment of validation. Someone from the Frank Bette Center for the Arts told me that one of my pieces that’s in their current exhibit, Alameda on Camera, was bought last Saturday. It’s my piece titled Leaning Ladder, seen below:
Woo Hoo! This makes two of my images that have sold within the last 6 months! My first sale was from our Etsy store, called, London, Tower Bridge (BW), and that was sold to an interior decorator:
With each sale, I start to feel less like an amateur photographer, and more like a professional. I’ve actually sold two pieces of my work! It’s very much like the moment when Sally Field won her first Oscar and cried “You like me! You really like me!” As corny as it may seem, yes, we artists feel exactly like that when someone buys one or more of our pieces.
We’re still waiting for Craig to sell one of his images, but I’m sure that’s not far off. And, until that happens, he’s just as thrilled as I am . . . we are partners, after all. 😉 So any sale (no matter whose it is) goes into the MAS Artwork coffers. YAY!
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In addition to our new website, which Craig talked about earlier this month, we’ve also created a Facebook page for our company. Since we’re currently only posting here every other week, our FB page is where we’ll post upcoming events or exhibits, as well as any new images we’ve taken.
Hope to see you there!