Friday, October 8, 2010

Why is it so hard to let go?

My son's high school is having a banquet fundraiser next weekend and they're asking for items for their silent auction.  One of the things listed in the packet home was artwork from a local artist.  Well, we don't have much that we can contribute, but that's one thing I could do.  Besides, I have all of these drawings tucked away in my studio, so that would be perfect.

So, tonight I tried to choose one to donate - much harder than I thought.  I've narrowed it down, but I found it surprisingly difficult to entertain the idea of letting them go.  I don't have any prints, they're all originals, and they have been captured on film and posted here at one time or another.  There were even a few that I just said "no way - I'm not giving that one up!"  A lot of those had sentimental connections to my kids in their original inspiration.

But, isn't that what I'm supposed to be doing as an artist?  Shouldn't I be getting my work out there, get it seen?  It would be difficult to achieve anything professionally if I keep my work locked away in a drawer.  On the other hand, I'd hate to think that it could end up locked away in someone else's drawer...or turn up as the next white elephant gift at the office Christmas party.




Well, I guess it's time - for the first time - to take that leap and submit something.  Decisions...decisions...

3 comments:

Heather said...

they are all wonderful. my favorite is the tree woman...that's really beautiful! good luck with your choice.

Janet Dibbydabby.com illustrator said...

Im really curious, which one did you chose?

Diane Smith said...

And the winner is...the overstuffed yellow house (once an IF drawing on the theme "hoard"). I figured that one might actually work in someone's home in a "whimsical" sort of way. I'm wishing I could have had prints made of it first - I guess I still could from digital files.