Monday Morning Motivation II

Monday, January 29, 2007
I liked the way that title sounded, so each Monday for the next month or so, I'm going to put some sort of 'article' up here. Some of them are just my thoughts, others are about creativity and inspiration. I hope all you readers enjoy them and would love to hear from you.

Thank you all for your comments and emails - if there's no email attached to your blogger comment, I can't reply directly to you, but I tried!

Today I'll be home most of the day and can take some photos of my works in progress so you can see what I've been up to. I have spent way too much time online this week playing video games and not getting enough work done.... Well, here goes with this week's motivation...

What motivates me to sell my art?
Lots of people ask me – how can I part with one-of-a-kind dolls that I may never see again?
Well, first of all, let me say that a lot of the pleasure I get from making the dolls is the process of creating. Believe it or not, I don’t really know how they’ll look until they’re completely done. Sometimes the shape of a head, or the pose of a body will dictate a change in color or design or even hairstyle partly through the middle of construction and the character will develop a whole new look. So when it’s complete – I can sit back and enjoy it, but am no longer interested in it.

Another, sadder reason, on why I'm motivated to sell my dolls, is that I’ve been hurt when I’ve given some of my dolls as gifts. Let me explain. When I think of a person enough to spend a week or two creating something unique to their personality, interests and colors – and in return get a half-hearted ‘oh thanks’ when I gift them one of my dolls – it’s not the greatest feeling (and when I don’t even get a thank you card – well, that’s the final straw). I don’t really expect great fanfare or anything – just some acknowledgment! So how can I ensure that someone will receive my doll and love it and appreciate it for all the hard work that’s gone into it? I sell it. Then I know whoever owns it really wants it. And that’s a good feeling.

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