Sometimes I am asked "Do you sell your paintings?" The answer to which is yes, sometimes I do.
And sometimes I get a follow up statement " I don't know how you could bear to part with them!"
That one is simple, though sometimes not . I create a painting and take great joy in doing so.
Some, like Whistle Stop Cafe help a cause which is dear to my heart (auctioned in aid of Battersea Dogs Home) - and the person who now owns it has a painting which means something very special to them. They will enjoy and cherish it. So, we're all happy.
Some, like Sowing the Seeds, I create and it has great meaning. Then someone comes along and asks could I paint another for them. I don't paint the same picture twice, so I ask what it means to them. And Sowing the Seeds meant so much to its new owner - along the lines of the meaning I had instilled in it - that I was happy to sell it to her. It will be greatly cherished.
Others still, like the one above - Beyond The Door - hold such great and deep personal meaning for me that I will not part with it. This painting is so full of symbolism in every brush stroke, each one a testament to an event in my life - that it won't ever live in any other home but mine. Its too personal. That's what artists do, you know - put their life experiences and emotion on canvas. Or watercolour paper, in my case !