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.