Friday, October 4, 2013

A Lovely Surprise....

Bird On A Cairn by Roberta Warshaw
Bird On A Cairn, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I am not an artist who works really hard at selling my work. I just don’t. I am not sure why. Perhaps because I always had a job to bring in money and so I wasn’t really counting on money from art to live on.

It just always seemed really hard to me. All that matting and framing. So expensive. And then when the work doesn't sell you have to find room for all that extra framing in your tiny home. Where it gathers dust. I had work in a gallery when I first started painting. Once in a while a piece would sell. It would make me feel great but as far as making a living, not so much.

So now that I am retired I haven’t given much thought to selling either. I have some work on Etsy and I sell something once in a while, which is fine. I have pieces listed on my blog and I also sell from there every so often. But I don’t try very hard.

And it is OK. I made my peace with it a long time ago.

So when someone finds my work and shows interest in it, it is always a treat.

Last night I received an e-mail from a woman with the Seattle Audubon Society. They found the above piece somewhere in cyberspace and would like to use it on some invitations they are creating for a members only show called “Rare Birds” next year.

I told them it would be an honor to let them use it. The Audubon Society wants to use one of my art pieces. Wow! Now that is exciting!

You never know who is going to see your work and like it do you?

16 comments:

maccandace said...

No, that's great, Roberta! And it's especially nice when it's for an organization that is non-profit and does good. Congrats!

montucky said...

Good for you! I know just what you mean.

marshaleith said...

congratulations- it is a beautiful piece of art. I love the white lines that trail across the page

Aine Scannell said...

Roberta given the quality of your artwork
......... that doesn't surprise me at all.
good for you

Aine

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Congratulations!! Your work is really art. Having received recognition from the Audubon Society is a tribute to your talent. It's Fabulous!!

Joanne Holtje said...

Hey! Congratulations, Roberta! That's very encouraging news. I am glad, and not at all surprised that your work is getting attention. Well deserved. Joanne

Roberta said...

Thank you everyone!

karen said...

that's amazing! Well done. And it really is a gorgeous piece....
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Don Madden said...

Congratulations on you and your bird being selected by the Audubon Society. Now you are famous and the pressure is on! (*-*)

Diane AZ said...

Wow, congratulations, what an honor! That is a lovely piece they selected. :)

Quinn said...

Congratulations--if Audubon likes your work, it's a wonderful thing! The piece of art is beautiful. The composition, the colors,the detail--it's all perfect. On giving up selling your art--we make meaning in life. That's what we do. Once you have done that, it's not about selling. And making the decision not to make decisions through the checkbook of selling is a gift to your art. It's brave.

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Roberta said...

Thanks so much everyone for your kind words! I do appreciate it so much!

Melva said...

Roberta, how refreshing is it to hear your comments on your art.Your pieces are wonderful. It's great that you are not stuck in the world that it's all about money just enjoy.

Celeste said...

Congratulations Roberta that is so exciting, I am really happy for you. It is a great piece by the way.

tgarrett said...

I LOVE this piece-Ravens are a totem for me and we have them in our woods-so anything Raven like I love and crows too for that matter-