ReallyGoodPaintingThat’s my husband’s commentary up there. Love it. Is it a keeper? I think so.

Someone a long time ago gave me this advice: when you develop a body of work, pick out at least one piece to keep for yourself, for your own collection. I haven’t always felt that I’ve had the luxury of taking this advice, always feeling a bit desperate about having enough work to satisfy the requirements for a show, or fretting that keeping the “best one” will prevent a sale…

But really, the best one? That’s such a subjective thing. So often, a painting that I’m not so sure about, or the one I think is too minimal, or the one that makes me a bit uncomfortable- that’s the one someone loves.  So you just never know.

So I’m just not going to worry about it anymore. I’m keeping this one for myself.

6 thoughts on “Keepers

  1. Shella

    This is a huge move for you. One you will never regret. I know this.
    I applauded this resolve in you. It is a very tender and precious understanding. Like revelation.

  2. Gray Jacobik

    So glad you’re blogging actively again Lisa, and I love what you say in this one as well as the idea of “a good mess”. I’m still absorbing the content of, and feeling grateful for, the terrific workshop you lead at R&F in New York in December. I feel privileged to have been there. Great news about your Dad as well.

  3. Judy Wood

    If a piece is special to you, hang on to it. You can always change your mind later and let it go, but if it’s already gone, you’re not likely going to be able to get it back and may regret having parted with it. Those special pieces represent milestones in our creative history and are markers of our progress, and as such deserve acknowledgment.

  4. francescafuller

    Hi Lisa, I agree with Judy Wood, wise words……beautiful piece and your husband loves it too…so why not treat yourself in keeping it. They are part of us so why not keep a little treasure once in awhile, you deserve it for all the years of hard work.


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