Recently I sold a painting at an exhibition in Shaftesbury, by no means the best painting I’ve ever done, and only entered into the exhibition as a “tongue in cheek” item. It sold instantly, the first day of the exhibition 🙂
The same thing happened to me at an open exhibition in Poole. I entered two pieces, one that I really liked and another I had kicking around so entered as a ‘semi-joke’ piece. The one I thought of as rubbish sold the first day whereas the one I really liked didn’t sell 🙁
I can quote several more examples where I’ve sold really bad or ‘joke’ pieces and had to bring back home some works I class as good, so what is the problem. Is it me as an artist that has a skewed view on what is “good” or is the public so out of touch with what makes decent art?
Frankly I don’t really care. I’ve stopped worrying when a painting or photograph doesn’t sell, and don’t throw away anything I class as crap – someone, somewhere will eventually buy it 😀