Friday, April 29, 2011
It's so hard sometimes - commissioned paintings, that is. In one sense, I love making someone happy by painting their very precious family member(s) for them. But for me as an artist, as I've mentioned multiple times before, it is a huge challenge. These are beloved members of a family, sometimes no longer living, so I must get them exactly right and do my very best to reflect their personalities, their beauty, their very lives on a piece of canvas stretched on some wood strips. It takes a lot out of me.
With that being said, once again when these upcoming commissioned paintings are completed, I am going to quit taking any more commissions and spend more time on creating what I want to do, where I can be free to experiment, free not to "color within the lines", soar if I wish, get down low and sad if I need to. Those of you who have commissions pending with me, don't worry, I will paint them with the love and dedication I always show to all my commissioned works. But after these paintings, I really must take a break at least for a while -- again.
I will continue to request and accept photos of your pet for possible inclusion in future paintings; but if I use your photos, they will be in paintings done in whatever way I choose. Also, if I do paint your pet, I will continue to give you a free 8x10" print of the painting. And, of course, the original will be available for purchase by you - or anyone else if you don't want to purchase it - as well.