As an artist it is very hard to not take personally the critiques or negative statements one might make about our deeply personal and creative art pieces.
Many years ago a customer came into my showroom and purchases an entire bedroom suite as it was displayed. Furniture, bedding, linens, lamps etc. Accept one piece. The beautiful canvas above the bed she did not like. She boldly state, “I don’t like that but I will take everything else.. “That” was my beautifully painted canvas. She spent well over 15K that day.
I should have been elated. I should have been high-fiving my staff for a nice sale. Instead I was crushed. The entire bedroom designed around my beautiful painting. I was young. In my late 20’s when I was still trying to find my grown-up place in the world. Confidences built in business with each sale.
After the room was taken apart, delivered and set up a new room design went in it’s place. Built around my painting. This painting, “Kayzee” is similar to that same piece some 30 years ago. I remember the customer’s name. “Kayzee” that sounds like Casey.
I still feel that way. Many years ago I had a client with a product we were taking to market. Her products were beautifully designed taylored infant layette products. The first day of the market were painful for her. She, like me, could not stand the critiques. The following three days of market I had her stay away. Sales were amazing and the reception went well. Her collection sold out.
Much like my experience. The entire bedroom sold but I camped in that one piece. Funny how that works. We are always in progress as we build our artful designs. Painting from a personal place and hearing the good with the not so good.
Take a deep breath and remember there is a collector waiting for your next piece.
Have a wonderful day. Elizabeth
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