You should know about this group of women. I'm not sure of their exact number - maybe 20 or so. They go out in small groups wherever invited and sing a capella at the bedside of those in hospice or in need of company. They decided they would like something unique but simple to wear to identify themselves when they went visiting. Five of them came to my studio, decided on a color scheme, and painted a dozen scarves for members to share.
What a blast! We mixed up deli containers of dye and collected a couple of sizes of salt. Everyone had a brush and all five floated around the big frame painting swashes of color or sprinkling salt. It was great! And of course the scarves came out beautifully. Each one matching, each one unique.
Thank you, Singers.
I'm often asked if I sell my work. Actually, I'd say no. I have sold a variety of things over the years, but I do not paint with that in mind. I decided that a long time ago for two main reasons.
First, I have some paintings that I consider good, but I find I'm not ready to let go of them. When I think of how fast I would spend that money, and that I would never see them again, it doesn't even come close to being worth it.
Second, painting to sell is a whole different activity. You're thinking about what other people would like - size, subject, mounting, price. You think about how much the materials cost and how long it will take to paint and that it needs to be perfect. You spend time marketing yourself or finding people to do that for you.
Now, of course, many people love having people buy their work. Go for it! But I think it's also okay to paint just for yourself. You take your pay in inner satisfaction.