Letting our paintings go

I have heard from some artists that after working so long on a painting it is hard to let it go, to sell it or even give it away. One said that her painting were like her children, she didn’t want to part with them, and wondered how I could part with some of the paintings I had done.

I have never felt such a connection, so perhaps I am insensitive. Each painting I do is like a stepping stone leading somewhere I want to go but can’t yet see. Each one takes me closer to something just over the hill. But the journey is so absorbing that I seldom look back at the path of paintings taking me along.

What are your thoughts on this?  Do any of you have difficulty parting with your art?

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