The Art of saying goodbye:

Are we too attached to our creations?

I recently added a painting to my collection as I was finally ready to say goodbye. I’d been trying to pluck up the courage to let go for a while, truth be told ever since I created it. It’s been hanging on the wall in my studio constantly reminding me of my achievement and how proud I was of it. So why couldn’t I let go of it? Why was selling art all of a sudden tricky?

I named this Jackson Pollock inspired painting “Smile Though Your Heart is Aching” after the song that popped into my head as I completed it. The emotional wave that came over me was overwhelming, and tears streamed down my face. This abstract drip painting holds a special place in my heart, and I hope that whoever purchases it will love it as much as I loved creating it. It’s truly one of a kind and will bring a smile to your face.

The Art of saying goodbye: can we and are we too attached to our creations?

I believe so. Artists paint with their emotions as well as skills and senses. It’s almost impossible not to become attached as we become the process and take on the creative journey, experiencing it all. I also think whoever invests in art appreciates this attachment and feels it as they make their purchase, as they too join the experience.

I wonder if on a subconscious level this is why I selected such a high price tag for my precious painting? Am I still too attached to this unique and captivating piece and secretly trying to cling on to it for my own pleasure? Actually, no. All I know is whoever purchases this will truly experience the navy sloth.

Check out Smile though your heart is aching here

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