Last week, for the first time, I sold one of my drawings. It was spontaneous and (to put it nicely) with much encouragement from Jon. (Jon and I are different in this way. When he gets an idea, even before he’s done thinking about it, he writes about it on his blog. I’m a bit more…well…. some may call it methodical some may call it procrastination, but whatever, it takes me longer to move ahead with something new.)
I sold that first drawing for $10 but quickly realized that if I wanted to sell more drawings I would have to charge more. If I sold them for $10 I’d be making about the minimum wage. So, nervous at the idea of raising the price of my drawings after selling one, I decided to deal with it the way Jon would, by being honest and writing about it. Which I guess, is what I just did. (Woosh, that wasn’t so hard, I’ll have to remember that.)
So I have 4 different drawings
that I’m selling. They are all sold. They are $25 each + $5 shipping. They are 9″x 12″, pencil on archival paper. If you’re interested in any of them, just email me here or at [email protected]. I take checks and paypal.
I made “Heal” after visiting Jon’s sister Jane in Western NY. Her giant Newfoundland’s and Leonberger’s were impressive. Being around them was like being in a sea of dogs. I found them to be healing in their affection and just in their presence. Some of the imagery in this drawing comes from Jane’s house, some from our house and the rest are the pieces that hold the story together.
This drawing is called “Home” and began with the flying girl. It’s about having a safe place to step off from. About having a foundation and strong enough center to be able to fulfill my potential. To do what I choose, to fly.
I did this drawing after walking in the woods with Lenore. I’ve become so familiar with the woods behind our house that I feel comfortable enough to wander through them without worrying about getting lost. I realized that before meeting Jon and doing my art, when I would walk in nature, I was always looking for something. Something that was missing in me. But now when I walk in the woods, it’s just about being in nature, experiencing it, being present. It’s a whole new relationship. It was cold and by the time I got home and I was happy to be there, with my love and a cup of hot chocolate.
I did this drawing while walking around the house and looking out the windows. So most of it was done standing up. I was appreciating what I have, acknowledging the ordinary and seeing the beauty and magic in it.