Well, since my last entry here, plaintively saying, “I need to go home!”, things have been moving in that direction steadily. Don’t get me wrong, I need to raise a lot of cash to move home with a clean slate financially, much less just move me, travelling Dancer, and timid Ceilidh (a soon to be travelling cat from Ardnamurchan) home. Artists are continually moving from feast to famine; and the feast times are usually paying off the famine. But that’s NOT what I’m thinking about right now. What I’m thinking about is the rush that as soon as I put it out there that I needed a certain amount to make it home, a large chunk of that was offered to me in the form of either a commission based on, or a major painting from my series, Waltz Across Texas. I always DID want/hope that Waltz Across Texas would generate some commissions, and it seems that it might just be doing that! And THAT is what I want to talk about.... COMMISSIONS.
Floore Country Store, Study 9x 12 in., oil on board, £700.00
I LOVE doing them! I love connecting with a client who has a vision, based on work of mine they’ve already seen, and wants me to put that vision into reality. I love the research for a commission; getting to know a place/person, being able to take zillions of photos without worrying, sketching and sketching until I know I’ve come up with what I think the client is looking for, and in the case of Waltz Across Texas, painting the studies necessary to make sure that the client and I are on the same page before I ever put paint to canvas in a larger piece. I do this for all commissions. It makes it worthwhile for them because they can be pretty sure they’ll love the finished piece; and for me, because I know the finished piece will be what is expected – even though it’s my own vision, really. And, unlike my usual work which is always on spec, it’s paid for.... There is a relaxation in my life when I’m working and know I’ve got money in the bank for food, supplies, etc.
So, from the bottom of my heart, I’m saying a huge thank you to the client who has come forward to help me make this move, to give me a focus to work on immediately once I return, and for believing in and trusting me and my work!