3 Reasons NOT to buy one of my paintings…

THE GOLDEN PLATE, STILL LIFE WITH POMEGRANATE©2014 Felice PanagrossoOil on Canvas21 x 25 cm
©2014 Felice Panagrosso
Oil on Canvas
21 x 25 cm


A great teacher of mine once said that a painting should have three qualities.  First, it should draw you in from across the room.  Second, it should have something about it that holds your attention when you are close to it and makes you keep looking.  Third, it should leave you with something that makes you think about it after you have left the gallery, so that you want to go back.

With that in mind, here are the three reasons why you should not buy one of my paintings…

1. Because you expect that it will increase in value, then you can sell it and make some money.

2. That you believe I’ll become a famous artist, then you can sell the painting and make some money.

3. Because I will die, then become a famous dead artist.  The painting will increase in value, then you can sell it and make some money.

Let me be clear that I DO want my paintings to increase in value!

But that’s not the reason I want you to buy them in the first place. It’s not why Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to decorate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

In other words, be a Patron of the Arts first.  Buy a painting, mine or any one else’s, because you love it, because it gives you pleasure, and because you want to be with it every day.  Because it leaves you with something that makes you want to come back to it again and again.

Look at it this way.  What else can you buy today, that if cared for in a reasonable way, can last 500 years or more, finding its way from generation to generation, providing pleasure, inspiration and a story to all who know how to appreciate it?







13 thoughts on “3 Reasons NOT to buy one of my paintings…”

  1. Dad sent me your painting. I am so impressed. It is a beautiful piece of art. You have a gift for sure. I love the colors and textures, your teacher must be proud you have accomplished all 3 things he asked for and more. Please send me more to look at, I really enjoyed feasting my eyes on your art.
    Cousin Dawn

    • Hi Dawn,
      Thank you, I appreciate your comments, and glad you enjoy these paintings. Tell me more about which ones you like, I’ll be happy to send you more images. Hope all is well.

  2. Hi Phil or should I now say Felix?
    Love the Golden Plate. One of your best. Also liked your comments.
    Be Well,

  3. Hi Stan,
    Thanks for your comment. You can call me Phil, but I like the idea of Felix. Thanks for enjoying the painting, and the comments. I owe you an email…

  4. Great post. I’d like to annoy you right now by buying one of your paintings and planning for it to increase in value 🙂

  5. so how do you actually buy one??!
    (not right now, because I’m on a spending freeze, but when I get off it… 🙂

    I love the still life and many others…


    • Hi Shawna,
      Thanks for your message. It’s good to hear from you, I hope all is well. If you like a particular painting, just let me know, and I’ll hold it for you.

  6. I have been thinking of you all and would like to buy a painting sometime before the Fall. How would I know what is available and the prices?

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