Big Studio Sale
Is this because we are natural hoarders or perhaps that we have a vain belief that someone will come along and say ‘I love that, is it for sale?’
It’s a tricky one- you don’t really want to ‘sell yourself cheap’ ( which is what you are doing). But one could say ‘Why shouldn’t I leave the choice to the public’? If the work is something that was never sold when it was part of a ‘body’ of work or is something that I no longer find I need to use or even want to look at, why not make it available for others to look at and make their own judgement; they may like it or it might even speak to them- who knows?
The other alternative is to paint over them and recycle- nice texture for another piece!
( After this Sale I will do that or consign them to a pyre.)
All these possibilities take COURAGE!
Many artists have strong principles about not showing anything that they really dislike or that is out-of-date in their canon. I actually enjoy looking back over my unsold work. Some were appalling mistakes and others just too ‘specific’- viz portrait studies and countless nudes. Do I want to show other people these mistakes and failures? How proud am I?
Also suddenly there’s going to be loads of space and maybe I could still learn from that dreadful painting I did in 2007? Who am I kidding?!
It’s just prevarication on my part and every artist does BAD work. I recently saw some pretty dreadful work by Cezanne and others at the RA in the Impressionists in London show- how reassuring that even Cezanne had a bad day.
So come and look at my mistakes- I’m not prim!