6×6 oil on panel
It’s been a long while since I posted any landscape or sky paintings. This is a personal piece created from memory – a sunrise from my window seat on a plane when I was traveling up north. Below the plane, it was storming, and all I could see was black cloud cover. I didn’t want to look down or think too much about the turbulence rattling my seat, so I focused on the sunrise. I had flown all night on a redeye, and ahh..how beautiful this was to witness. I never felt more alive than in that moment.
I painted this painting about six months ago, but have kept it to myself. I don’t do this very often, but I do slide a few favorite paintings off to the side. For however long it takes, until I’m ready to let go, they are mine, all mine. I don’t even share photos here on my blog. I’m selfish that way.
I’m a working artist, which is an old school way of saying painting is my full-time job. I usually approach a blank canvas with a “I’m going to sell this, it isn’t mine to keep” mindset. Sometimes that changes as I paint, and if it does, I don’t fight it. If I want a painting, I keep it. Artists should always keep a little bit of themselves for themselves.
Eventually, the game pieces move, and paintings get shuffled around. The stars in my eyes I once had for certain paintings grows dim. Older favorites get replaced with newer favorites, which is what’s happening here now. I’m still in love with this one, but not so much that I can’t sell it. I have new paintings behind the scenes to take its place that I love just a bit more.
Are you ready to sell your artwork? Not sure? I’ll tell you a simple mind exercise to do to find out. Stay tuned. I’ll be writing more about selling artwork later this week.