Friday, December 17, 2010
Karma vs. Career
A fellow artist and I were having one of those wonderful artful conversations recently when he told me how hard it was to actually sell art to a friend. As a matter of fact, he found it so difficult that he had been gifting his art to friends if he found out a friend admired a certain piece. We create because we feel passionately about it and it's only natural to want pass on that good karma. And so this is where we come to an impasse...is something lost when art is sold and not given away? And if selling it diminishes the true, heartfelt value, then how does the artist merge the good karma of creating something beautiful with the reality of business? I don't have the perfect answer, but it led me to think about how I have felt when I purchase art from another artist and hmmmm... you know, I feel very good as though I have purchased a treasure. So maybe that's it, gift your art when you feel like it and when you sell it, enjoy the sale as you're earning a living and you're giving the buyer that feeling of having bought a treasure.