I sold a couple of original watercolours over the weekend and much as this cheers me up, it is also quite sad. I feel a bit bereft that I'll no longer see these two pieces in my studio. I spent a lot of time staring at them while they were being created and have my favourite bits; the deep red of the baggy trousers of one and the complementary curves of the olive tree and olive picker's body on the other. It's fantastic that somebody else likes my work enough to handover hard earned cash for them so I have to learn to let go.
I asked the others in the group if they too miss their paintings when they are sold and Sue Dunlop came back with:
"Yes, its very usual if they are ones that you feel good about. They are your creations and a big part of you goes into everything you paint, The buyers will feel that too and they will quickly become very attached to them. That's what makes owning an original so special."
I own an original painting by Sue; commissioned by a close friend Jane for my 60th birthday, painted in the style of my favourite artist John Craxton. It hangs in my living room and has given me constant joy since the day I received it. I can honestly say it is the best present I have ever received and I feel that the love and care that went into creating it, radiates out.