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Sending Art to a New Home When You Are *too* Attached



In the past couple of years I created so many paintings I fell in love with art...to be more specific and absolutely biased, I fell in love with my art.

But as artists, it is impossible not to.

I filled my walls with pieces of me, and they are my pride as every new painting is like birthing a part of my soul out into the world.

Back in 2017, when I finally got people to show interest in buying my art I encountered the emotional pain of having to swallow up my attachment to my paintings to be able to send them out to a new home.

I could only hope it would be loved the same or more.

It was tough, though. One part of me I wanted to keep every painting I made, and another part needed to find a new home for my art because my walls were so crowded that I had to put some paintings in boxes in order to make space to new paintings, and it wasn't fair.


There is a point where, as much as you want to hold on to those pieces of you, you can't. Two reasons why I couldn't hold on to mine were because I was running out of space, and because I needed money to buy supplies to make more art.

Painting can be addictive.

I found sending art off became easier when I got to know the people who wanted to buy my art. That way I felt my art would be in a good home and with a good soul.

I love chatting with my art buyers because I get to know them and see what parts of them connect with parts of me.

And believe me, I've made best friends and collectors out of these conversations.

You could tell how much I love my art and appreciate my buyers if you saw the care I use to send my paintings to a new home. Packaging is an art of its own. I want my art to arrive safe and I want my buyers to have a good experience, so I try my best to make the unboxing a pleasant experience by packing the paintings beautifully and with love.

Still, I can't help being biased sometimes.

Whenever I have a long time without painting I get so inspired and surprised with what I create that I feel the need to hold on to the painting(s) a little longer. You can tell, when I don't list a painting in my shop right away, or at all, that there is some part of me that isn't ready to let go.

In general, it gets better. Sending art to a new place and a new person becomes a pride of its own. You know you are growing and connecting with more people, and your art has the chance to be seen and appreciated wherever it finds itself.

You know creating and thriving is what you want to be doing, and at the beginning it feels strange (especially when you encounter pricing and shipping costs–am I doing this right? you might ask) but you can only learn with experience and by putting yourself out there, knowing you are an artist (even if you're just beginning and you aren't sure if you should consider yourself one) and you got this!.

I hope you understand what I'm talking about. Even if it doesn't happen with all the art you create, there are always going to be some pieces that stand out.

Heck you even want to set the price higher because you don't want it to go.


Have you felt too attached to some of your art?

Have you found it difficult to send it off to a new home?

Let me know if I'm not the only one! I would love to hear what you have to say about this in the comments.

Also, eel free ask questions. I would love to cover topics you want to know about.

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Love,

Lourdes

#Relatable #Art #CreativeJourney #EmergingArtist

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