I'm currently preparing for my art exhibition which is coming up next week. While I was going through my collection of frames I accumulated through the years to sort out what I want to show there, I stumbled over a number of old paintings I can no longer identify with. Some because of the subjects/style painted, and some are of such bad quality, which I would not like to be associated with any more. I paid a small fortune to have those framed, sure I will try to salvage the frames and mounts for more recent work.
It is amazing how much progress one does when constantly working, without even knowing it. Only when I look back at old paintings I shudder how I could have possibly shown work of this bad quality in public! I heard people say one should not even approach a gallery, do exhibitions or publish work unless one works at least for 10 years as an artist to mature as such, and I when I look at those old paintings of mine I think they are possibly right in saying so....
But: What to do with those old paintings?? I'm curious, what do my fellow artists do with them? Do you have 'sales'? Re-use the canvas for new works? Revise them? Give them to charities?? Bin (trash) them all together? Keep them as a reminder how crap one once was, to stay thankful (or possibly to drag one back into depression when one is feeling insecure about artistic abilities anyway?) Put them in a box and hide in the basement, hope no one will find them and start blackmailing?
I need answers!!!!