I have been making art quilts and collages for a long time, at least fifteen years. I have accumulated a very large pile of finished work (we won't talk about the UNfinished pile...). About forty pieces are on display at my husband/s office - the rest of them (dozens) are stashed in my studio, either in a pile, like these lovelies, or hanging around my studio. I have 98% of what I've made - mostly because I have a problem "letting go".
I am often asked if I sell my work, which I suppose I would do, if I ever got my act together and worked up a price list. I think, however, that one of the reasons I haven't gotten my act together on selling my work is that I really don't want to let go of it! It is totally crazy, I know. I mean, how many little qults can one person posiblly hoard? And, what is the point of creating something beautiful if you're not willing to share it with someone who will enjoy owning it? Sigh.
I met a well known painter at a party last week. We talked about how hard it is to earn a living as an artist and she said she has been supporting herself as an artist from the very start. Wow. That is darned impressive! I often wonder what it would be like to be a full time artist, needing to sell your work to pay the electric bill or make a (gulp) mortgage payment. It seems to me that I would have to make a mountain of work in order to support myself! For now, I'm grateful that my husband and I have good day jobs that pay the bills and that I just get to enjoy the process of making art, just for the enjoyment, without the pressure of having to think of whether or not it will sell.
One of my goals for 2013 is to finally finalize my website and put up galleries of my work. I'm thinking that I will be able to sell some work after it is properly recorded on my website, I'll be able to let it go because I'll be able to visit it from time to time, in pictures. Which brings me to a second goal for 2013, stocking the Etsy store I established last year. Part of those processes will be to create a price list for all of my work. That will mean I will be prepared with an answer when someone asks "Do you sell your work?". I'll whip out my price list and see what happens.
Until then, I guess I'll just keep making and hoarding...