I was very fortunate to spend this weekend surrounded by art. I went to a very cool gallery of local artists on Saturday and I worked on my own artwork on Sunday; an artist’s perfect weekend! Today I spent a couple hours on The Warrior painting, which is still not quite finished by the way. After about an hour in, I realized that I spent the entire time working solely on her right hand! It got me to thinking about the length of time artists spend working on the smallest of details to get them just right.
Why is it that at times I finish a painting in a single day, while other paintings take me over a month to complete?
Now that I’ve sold a few pieces and I’m beginning to create a collection of work, I’m constantly questioning value and pricing. What makes one artwork worth a million dollars and another worth fifty? Does the attention to detail matter? What draws an art collector to one specific piece over another?
I’m guessing that there are probably a million different answers to those questions. As an emerging artist it’s the kind of thing that can drive one quite mad. But after some time, I came to the conclusion that as long as I put my heart and soul into it, whether it takes me a few hours or a few weeks, it indeed holds great value. It may not be the monetary kind, but worth can’t always be measured in money now can it?
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