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12/15/2005: "Mixed feelings about my work being "resold""
Well, one last post for the road, as I will be heading off into the cloudy grey skies in a matter of hours.
Anyway, I just received an email from a woman who has purchased several paintings from me in the past. I always considered her one of my biggest fans and so I was a bit taken back by what she said. Basically that she had sold 2 of my paintings through a local gallery, one to a gallery associate and one sale was simply brokered through the gallery at "a price a good deal higher than I paid for it".
On one hand, I understand her reasoning. The way she viewed the work of "strong single women" had changed as she recognized she had been isolating herself and wanted to start thinking of herself in "doubles and multiples". It's an interesting concept, that the artwork we respond to and surround ourselves with is in some ways dictated by how we see our place in the world. I never really thought much about how my women are always quietly alone, I guess that’s how I see myself and in some ways maybe it *is* who I am.
So, I’m happy for her, that she's making changes in her life to bring about the things that she wants and needs to be happy. I also feel happy that she was able to resell the work at a profit and that the paintings have gone to people who will display them and they won't sit in a storage unit somewhere gathering dust. Really the only thing that makes me feel bad, is how her thoughts (very nicely stated btw) made me feel about…well…about myself. It is an emotional response not an intellectual one, a reflection that comes at the holidays as I’m about to surround myself with large happy families.
Anyway, my mixed feelings are not related to her decision, as she also wrote back “I still LOVE your work -your styles, your colors and your composition, and I am glad that your business is taking off!”…and in fact, I’m glad that she told me. Now that I’m using the National Fine Arts Registry for doing title transfers etc. I’ll have to contact that gallery and get some paperwork filled out. I guess all's well that ends well, I just wish I didn’t suddenly feel so…alone.
So, happy F&*^$@* holidays to all the doubles and multiples out there!