It was 5th drawing I have ever produced! I’m serious.
I love myself for keeping such a detailed record of my art journey, I have to say. Back when I just started I used to take pictures of all my paintings and drawings (excluding sketches) and number them chronologically. That’s how I know that the FIFTH drawing I produced was the FIRST artwork I have sold. Isn’t it cool?! Now that I think about it
It was at school, of course. I saw this black horse and couldn’t get it out of my head. I didn’t have the skills to draw a horse (I thought), but I just had to do it. So I showed the photo to my teacher: “Do you think I can do it?” He said: “Why not?” So I started. Surprisingly, 3 hours later I had this baby:
This is pastel on paper. People still disagree whether pastel is a painting or a drawing, it doesn’t matter to me, I love it whatever it is.
So, closer to the sale, please! Another student saw it and apparently loved it. She didn’t say anything to me, because she thought I will never sell it – she thought it was too beautiful to sell. So everybody went home that night…
On the way out the lady who liked my work told another student: “If it was for sale, I would buy it now”.
– “Why don’t you ask her?”
– “Oh, I don’t think she is going to sell it. I wouldn’t”
– “Well, you should still ask! I will ask for you!”
Next class she asked me. I said, “yes, of course, I will sell it”. I didn’t think for a second! Working in sales for 5 years trains your reflexes, I guess I didn’t think about keeping it, whether I will be able to do another one like this, researching price – nothing! negotiation was 5 minutes and I sold it for about $50. It’s about 12*12′. Now I’d think “dirt cheap”, but for someone who started painting 3 weeks back, it was an event, a landmark… and such a good story?