My friend and Pilates instructor, Kelli, is buying this painting this week. It's always fun to sell a painting.
It's obvious that I am not painting for the money. I don't ask much for my work (in fact, I sometimes think people see my work as "less" because I don't ask for thousands of dollars). This is my choice. I would rather my work be out there among people who like it than ask thousands and not sell a thing while everything piles up in my little art room.
So...everything I have painted is for sale, including my Honeybee Series paintings. They are reasonably priced (often under $150) because they are unmatted and unframed (matting and framing them always adds to the cost - and putting something in a juried show always adds to the cost because you need to put a good price on those works to get the attention of the judges - yes, it makes a difference.)
This painting is about 10.5 x 14.5 inches on gold gessoed paper. I spray sealed it after the painting dried so it won't smudge. Kelli will be packing it in her suitcase and it will be flying to Singapore! Have fun, little bee, in your new home :) And thanks, Kelli, for loving one of my pieces enough to purchase it.
I know many of my blogger/art buddies sell their work and I wonder: does it still make you feel good to sell a piece even if you don't get "big bucks" for it, or is it more important to how you feel as an artist set a high price on all your work and then sell less frequently? Do you feel like you are not honoring your work if you set a low price on a piece? It's something we all have to work through if we want to put our work out for sale.
I will miss this little honeybee and her trip to the honey dipper, but I can paint another (as the artist, I retain the copyright for the piece even though this one will be far away). In fact, I have something else already begun.