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Sunday, August 19, 2007
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Yesterday I had news of more sales at my Santa Fe gallery, Darnell Fine Art. That makes 12 sales since I started there in June, and if I add in other gallery sales the total for the summer is 20 paintings (over 30 for the year to date.) This is absolutely and completely unprecedented for me. I spend a certain amount of time just trying to process this, and to tame my suspicion that this cannot possibly continue. Mostly I just keep painting.

I've been thinking about a conversation in my past that has stayed with me. At the time, one of my artist friends was selling a lot more paintings than I was, and I was frankly really envious. But he's a good friend and in the interest of keeping things that way, we talked about it. He said, don't look at my success as something that I have and you don't. Look at it as what is possible for you also. Enough said? My best wishes to all.
 
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You could also look at it as a big paycheck after (presumably) a long period of working for free or at least cheap. I had a surprisingly successful show in January, and friends kind of ribbed me about being "rich" all of a sudden. I said, "Divide the net from this show by all the weeks and months I've worked since I last sold, and suddenly I make less than the guy who sweeps the floor at McDonald's." That pretty much quieted the peanut gallery, with their steady paychecks and IRA's. ;-)

Congratulations on an amazing year so far. It's been a pleasure to talk back and forth with you along the way and watch it happen. I'm looking forward to more of the same! (Because your friend was right... success can catalyze success in others.)
 
That is so great Rebecca! Congrats on all of those sales!

I know just what your friend means. I too, am envious when another artist has more sales that I do, but I also am proud to see their success, and it spurs me on to work harder and get that too.

Finding just the right gallery in the right market really helps too:)
 
Told ja so! Enjoy!
 
Thanks for the comments...and KJ you did indeed call it...I'm sorry, I didn't really believe you! As Tracy says,the right situation is key, and before this got going I really didn't know if Santa Fe would be anything special in that way.

Anthony, yeah I know exactly what you're talking about...in spite of working hard I hardly made anything for about the first ten years out of grad school. Then it picked up a little, and a little more, and now, hey look! I'm 53 and have an actual income! It's kind of a crazy life I guess. Thanks for your encouragement and good art conversation along the way.
 
Oh wow.........good for you, Rebecca. We've all had the feeling expressed by the other comments.
Congratulations!

Cheryl
 
That is awesome! I'm very happy for you, and I must admit a little envious! However, your friend was right, you are an inspiration to me! Now I just need to get my butt in gear and get my art into a gallery in Santa Fe. I only live 45 minutes away, I have no excuse!
 
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