The guys at Coldstream Gallery sold this piece the other day – it was only a few weeks ago that I took it in to them. Delighted!
I was talking the other day to a fellow Clarence Valley Woodworker about the mixed emotions associated with selling our work.
Firstly, when we put a piece of our work out there for sale, there is a certain amount of uncertainty. A good deal of physical and emotional energy goes into a piece, and our own feelings about it may be mixed. There is always something we could have done better, or differently. Regardless of whether we actually like the result, we wonder why anyone else would like the piece, why they would pay good money and put your work in their home.
It is great to meet buyers, people who like your work. Sometimes, when people obviously love your work, you feel like giving to them! So when the gallery sells some of our work, we feel very grateful, gratified that someone saw value in the piece.
But on the other hand, once the piece goes out the gallery door, that piece is gone – never to be seen by us again. That’s a sense of sadness.
In all of this, the money is only secondary. The price paid is an indication of the value that the buyer placed on the work, and that’s the gratification. Of course, the flip side is that we never know if the price was too low, if the buyer would have put a higher value on the work. And if a piece doesn’t sell, is it because it was too expensive? Or is it just that no one likes it?
But for this piece – it sold and I’m delighted! Good luck and many thanks to the buyer.
And my thanks to the guys at Coldstream Gallery. Visit them sometime, or check out their website or Instagram page.