So this weekend I came face to face with quite the dilemma. I was out at Bentleys Farmer's market showing some work, and this time I only brought prints and cards. One couple came up and was interested in my work but not the prints they wanted to know why I was not selling the originals. For me it was simple, I had created the illustrations for my boys, to have in their room and later in life. (I am also very attached!) My husband does not understand that I create art because I want to and need to. If I sell a painting or a print I am happy. For me it is not about the sales, I want people to see my work and hopefully it will make them smile. I don't mind commissions, and suggest them for my illustrations as well as portraits and paintings.
Maybe I am wrong and that is why I don't think I will ever make a living as an artist. I am very attached to my work and always hard to sell it. My paintings not so much because they come from another inspiration usually. I'd say 90% of my illustrations are inspired by my boys and their imagination. I struggle with not wanting to sell the originals and that is why I made prints. I was offered a good amount of money for an original, but in the back of my head it was not enough. I know that I will be creating more illustrations and can't hold onto all of them.
I guess I don't know at what point do I let go and hope the illustration is going to a good home!
Does anyone agree or am I missing the point somewhere!
Why do you create art?