One of the first things a creative person is confronted with is “letting go”. Making a work that is our very body and soul and then sending it off with the likelihood that you’ll never see it again is tough.
For me, the answer is that making art is automatically a sharing process. Am I painting to accumulate nice things to look at? No, of course not. They are my body and soul, but they’re meant to been seen by others. OK, so out the door they go.
This is a little story about letting go of a certain painting, “Bouquet”.
"Bouquet" 14 encaustic panels 10x10 ft.
I had long wanted to do a large scatter shot type installation. In 2009 I did this piece for a solo show at Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco. It was returned to me after the show.
I let it go again in 2010 for a show at NuArt Gallery, Santa Fe. This time in was hung in two groupings. One of the larger panels did sell.
Late in 2011 the remaining 13 panels were returned. Under the scrutiny of time, my work can appear to improve or diminish (in my mind). Fortunately, many of the panels really excited me. For many days, I had fun combining and performing slight reworkings. I ended up with three new pieces, two of which are now happily hanging in our home.
bouquet 09-11c 20x44in.
bouquet 09-11b 12x30in.
So, for the work to continue, it’s about creation and letting go. A simple thing, but so crucial.