Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Letting go is hard to Do! Outrunning the Rain, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Outrunning the Rain, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on archival board, 5"x7"

Letting go is hard to do.  I sold three paintings last week.  Normally this is a very good thing, but for some reason I had trouble letting go.  

The purchaser drove a very hard bargain.  This couple really wanted three paintings, but lengthy negotiations over the cost wore me down to the point that,  when in desperation my client threw in a vacuum cleaner (yes, a used vacuum cleaner!) I threw in the towel, and said "deal."  

The paintings have a lovely new home with a terrific couple.  They really seem to love them.  Still, each painting I do is very precious to me.  By the time it hangs on my studio wall, framed and ready for a new home, it's got a lot of heart and soul woven into it.  My paintings are the main currency of my life, (thank you, Robert Genn) and I don't let them go lightly. 

Still, “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” Henry Ellis,  so I let go of the paintings and kept the money and the vac, greatful for some great new collectors.   


Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Beautiful! I have a line of studio paintings that I swear when I sell them, it's like giving my kids up for adoption! LOL!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Thinking of you and your new vac ;)

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

So true. They are our children--at least bringing some to completion is almost as difficult as a birth. We conceive them and grow them and nurture them!

By the way, it's a terrific vac!

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