Back to writing about how I make my work and my life as an artist...
When you make art that takes hours and hours to complete, the amount you charge has to take that into account. I want anyone who wants my work to be able to buy it. So sometimes buyers of my work purchase over time, on layaway. They send me payments and I send them receipts - until the purchase is complete, at which point I ship the piece off.
Congradulations JJ - you've made fourteen payments, it's taken one and a half years, and now you are the owner of two carved and painted guard dog pieces of art. They're on their way to you at this very moment via UPS. Think of them packed face to face, cardboard and bubblewraped up the wazoo, suspended in time, making their way from Ithaca, NY to Lawrenceville, NJ., bouncing along highways and the backroads of America. They'll be there monday, and they can't wait to hop out of their space capsule and onto your wall.
They are a part of my guard dog series that I've written about at my website and mentioned once at the very first entry of this folk art blog. Farewell my guard dogs. Take good care of your new person.