WHEN YOU SEE YOUR PAINTING HANGING IN IT’S NEW HOME: IT IS A VERY SPECIAL FEELING…
Often I wonder, if ‘hardcore artists’ with decade long careers and fame, such as two of my favourite Australian artists, Ken Done and John Olsen, still feel the same tingling sensation when THEY see THEIR paintings hanging on people’s walls… OR, is it just the ‘new-comers’, emerging artists like me, that have this almost child-like excitement?
It is a weird feeling to put in words. The painting was born from you. It used to be PART of you. It WAS YOURS. And now you have handed it over to it’s new owner.
How does that feel?
Every artist must feel different, of course. What did the piece mean to them in the first place? How do they feel about their art in general? Is it simply means to earn a dollar?
I CAN ONLY SPEAK FOR MYSELF, AND TO ME, TO SEE MY PAINTING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HOME IS LIKE…
It is a mixture of warmth and pleasure sprinkled with an amount of pride and satisfaction, with a hint of sadness and an enormous serving of deep joy of being able to share.
The brutal fact is, that once an investor has purchased a painting, it is theirs to do as they wish… Like a fellow artist and a friend of mine once put it: “to throw it in a bin, if they so want”. But one can hope, as I do, that the painting would find a good home.
So far I have been very lucky indeed! Thank you for being a part of my journey. Thank you for supporting my art.