Dear Young Artist:
One of my co-workers is a birder. And so if I am trying to identify a particular bird I took a picture of, or if I have a particularly good picture of, for instance, a hawk, I might show him the picture. Other animal pictures come up as well. For instance I showed him a picture of a coyote I took as well. He was so impressed with that one that he said this to me:
You could sell these pictures!
In more than forty years of making art I have heard this comment countless times. It seems very flattering. And I suppose it is flattering, in its tiny, tiny way. It is a comment you may hear many times in your pursuit of a life in the arts.
But it's a paltry comment. It is a paltry comment because it splits the difference between the two comments you will actually want to hear:
I would like to buy that.
And it admits, nor rises to neither.
I have seen photos of yours that I would pay money for, i.e. buy, if the price were reasonable. I'm thinking primarily of birds, maybe flowers. I even know where in the apartment I would hang a series of four or five or maybe six framed 5x8s. Seriously.ReplyDelete
That's such a nice thing to say.Delete
How would "free" be as a price?