I started out selling my work to a collector who loved my bold colors and lighthouse scenes. He bought four and I was ecstatic. So excited that I never gave keep record of the sales at all.
I don't even remember when I began keeping an inventory, or for that matter, photographing my work. (Another story entirely!) In thinking back, it all started to come together when I decided to become a business and to pay taxes on my sales.
The lost ones: There was the piece out of my imagination of a lone Adirondack chair overlooking a lake at dusk; a walled garden with a pond and flowers; a chair at the end of a hallway; a schooner moored at dock in the dark and highlighted by onshore lights. (Called Night Music and sold to an out of state developer who could have been a great resource). These are only the ones I can remember. I regret my lack of forethought to this day; don't you make the same mistake.