I was just talking about this recently with someone, so if it was with you guys please forgive me because I’m going to talk about it again. I was writing about how so many artists don’t like to do commissions and I’ve always thought it was sort of strange that I do. I think the reason I think it’s strange is because I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard another artist say that they love to do commissions like I do!
I think there’s a couple reasons for it. The most obvious one is that commissions make people very happy. What could make you happier than to have somebody who does the style of artwork that you like, render the most important things in your life for you? Our family, our animals…..
And then someone pointed out not too long ago, that I have had the privilege over the many years that I’ve done this, to have been flown all over the country and invited into some of the most beautiful homes and ranches that exist in the United States. I’ve done it for so long that sometimes I forget to put things like that on my grateful list. I’m not sure if too many people are ever invited into the very personal lives of almost strangers – than an artist can be.
Then the third reason that I love commissions is that they stretch you as an artist. We humans tend to be basically lazy, and artists are no exception. Doing commissions for people forces me to have to paint things out of my comfort zone constantly. And I think that stretches and helps grow an artist.
So having said all that I want to share something that touched me so much when a woman that I’m doing a painting for wrote this to me.
Talent and empathy are magical stuff
To find them together is very tough
But, that is what you bring to bear
YOU will do justice to this regal mare!
The fourth, but not the last blessing from doing commissions, is the incredible people I meet and get to work with. This woman and this poem are perfect examples of that. My assistant says that she get such a kick out of hearing me giggling and laughing with her as we scheme and plan about how to carry out her painting. What fun! What a beautiful gift! Commissions make me feel very blessed and trusted with people’s most precious and treasured things.Published by admin on February 22nd, 2012 Tagged Uncategorized