I’ve sold a few paintings over the years, but haven’t exhibited in any galleries or made a concerted effort to sell. I was working and didn’t need the money, and I’m in a similar situation financially since retiring. That is, I don’t need to sell art for the money. However, the paintings are starting to pile up, I don’t have space or desire to display it all, and my wife is unhappy with the clutter. That had led me to start trying to sell some of my paintings.
Here’s the dilemma. I largely paint images that mean something to me, have some sort of emotional connection or simply look nice. I don’t really want to sell most of my paintings that are my favorites, and I’m not sure how marketable my lesser works are. Some of my best paintings (to me), I simply don’t want to consider painting. However, it seems that an artist should be selling their best work if they are really serious about it.
How do others deal with this dilemma? I am interested in what professionals think as well as amateurs because it seems like it would be a dilemma for any artist who sells their work.