100 Paintings for $100 or Less
(Editor comment: Lee had an inventory reduction sale of paintings she has accumulated over her years of painting. Following are her thoughts and feelings on undertaking such an effort)
Holding such a sale is a big decision because when you put up so many for sale, many of the paintings are like your children. You are attached to the creative process that produced the work and there is something about each one that you rather like and many are outright bargains...ones that you will miss emotionally. The sale includes works from the last 20 years. It is somewhat like a retrospective of my work. They are all sizes, many are quite large and more than half are framed. Even the unframed ones are on canvas and the sides are painted for immediate hanging.
They all have a mini history. Some were featured paintings from my three years of exhibiting at Descanso Gardens, some like the ones that I painted for my son-in-law's wine store, are paintings that were created with a sense of celebration and have come to be a bad reminder of a wine store business that didn't work and a marriage that didn't work. Those are three large paintings of vineyards on black canvas. My daughter and her children have moved on in life so we will all be glad to say farewell to those pieces.
Water colors, oils, and acrylics are offered for sale. They represent a variety of subject matter and they seem to appeal to a variety of people off the street and from the neighborhood. There are racing horses, potted flowers, sunrise on a pier with a surfer walking down a beach, charcoal drawings of French waiters etc. I rather like being a 57 Varieties artist. Speaking of the people who come to the sale, these are often people who would not go to a gallery. They are people who are not going to shell out what the paintings are actually worth but when they come to examine all that color and choice that is on display the length of my long driveway, there is a sense of joy and there is a lot of interaction and discussion of the works. The shoppers seem to enjoy the sense of possibility to buy such works on a whim. If they don't buy anything, they've had a gallery experience without the pressure or the stuffiness of a gallery.
On the monetary side, it helps to clear the storage house that my husband built for me. It leaves room for something new that I might yet paint and my granddaughter can use the proceeds for college. All in all, the paintings, too, get to be displayed somewhere, enjoyed by someone who entertained a "whim." Everyone benefits.