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Friday, 29 July 2011

Another Fabulous Friday

There's something about the moment where you hand your hard work over to it's new owner.  I've done it several times now, and it's always a life altering experience, even if it's a small alteration.  I don't know how to explain it.  Each time it's a little different.  Sometimes it's thrilling when the buyer is really excited, sometimes it heartfelt when they just want to hug you and say thank you.  It's always a very meaningful moment.

Boundless II (detail) 2011 - sold

Yesterday I delivered this baby to it's new owner.  Haha - that about sums it up!  I feel like a surrogate some days as I work on things while the people in it's future home await it's arrival.  I take lots of photos of my work, so I feel okay about passing them on, especially when I get to meet them and see how loved my art will be.  It's completely humbling.  I was invited in to the most recent buyer's house.  There was color and art EVERYWHERE.  I mean everywhere.  Each little space of wall had something.  There were teeny illustrations, brilliant watercolors, portraits, framed photos, rock carvings, and even large abstract sculpture.  Incredible.  I was constantly drawn here and there around the rooms to take closer looks. 

Then I saw it!  A little bright prairie with a dark sky!  "Oooh I like this one!!" I said.  I got up close - and of course, it was a photo of the late Courtney Milne's.  I should have known.  And I turned around to face the man of the house and I said, "I am so honored that you bought my art".  That's all I could say.  I was suddenly overwhelmed and a little choked up.  He told me little stories behind some of his favorite pieces in the room.  And then he sat down and said, "you artists really bring us to the place where the world is a better place", and then he didn't know what to say after that.

I drove home and everything in my mind slowed down, and I just felt... ?  honored - content - humbled.  That's the word... humbled.  Honestly, the same thing happens to me when I'm reading your comments.  I just get excited snapping photos and truly enjoy stitching them up.  I so easily get immersed in my work.  I guess I'm never really thinking about how anyone else will react to my art, so when I do have to stop sewing and be present for them, it truly is a show-stopping moment for me.

Lily & Butterfly, 2011

Thank you!
On to the next project...  : )  Thanks for listening.

~Monika

7 comments:

Jillsy Girl said...

You should be very, very proud of your work! I've never seen anything like it before and I just l.o.v.e it!

Bunny said...

Your work is beautiful. I am sure the new owner will cherish it for years to come.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

wow, very touching! Your work is beautiful, it would fit well into his collection!

Margaret said...

It is clear your latest 'baby' will have a happy new home --- well deserved, for 'she' is delightful!

And thank you for sharing those words from your client....just what I needed to hear. :-)

Christie, Describe Happy said...

What a fun thought to end the week on. I think it's important to take a little time to reflect on some of your creations and the joy you are bringing to the world by creating them!

Leila said...

What a tender experience...I am glad you shared that with us. How wonderful to be included with all of their other great artists.

Susan said...

Hi!
Perfect description of having a piece leave for a new home!
Susan

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