I have a gallery opening tomorrow night at Visceral Gallery in Ohio which will be featuring 2 of my diptychs and 3 of my drifts. The owner asked me a tough question yesterday, “Do you expect the diptychs to be available as one unit only or could they be sold individually for half the price?” Ugh! My inner artist and my inner accountant (okay, let’s be serious, I have no inner accountant, my accountant is firmly outer and he is my husband) are at odds. I work primarily, exclusively, obsessively in pairs. Last week I tried to talk myself into a large single and I nearly broke out in hives at the art store contemplating just one canvas. So, instead I bought 2 canvases, went to the studio where I discovered I only had enough wool to do one! Ahhh! Crisis! To compensate and cope, I pretended mightily that I was doing 2. I even laid out the second canvas on the table just to preserve the illusion. I made it through, but just barely and I will never look at the single 24×48 piece and not feel like it is sorely missing it’s partner! But, I digress. The question of the day is, will I split a diptych? I want to scream “WHY SHOULD I?” I have designed and labored over the two, never to be parted! So if someone comes in, loves a piece but only wants one would I sell them just one at half the price? The answer is Yes, but grudgingly and with the expectation that I may break into their house at some point in the middle of the night and hang the second, as it should be hung, with it’s mate because seeing the unloved second leaning against my studio wall would probably prove to be too much. Who knows though, maybe the original Mona Lisa had legs.