The Emotional Stages of Accepting an Art Commission

Heather Carr photo comic 2012Woo-hoo! I just finished up 3 commissioned painting last night.  Now I just need to photograph them…  It was really nice to get the job, but I’m also anxious to get back to work on some ideas floating around in my head.

l love playing around with self-portraits and was inspired late last night, after a week of too little sleep, to put this together.  I know I’m not the only one who feels commission work is an emotional roller coaster, but in the end, a fun ride.

See you next week!  xoxo

p.s. – ugh, just caught that my first version had a typo… now corrected!  whew!

14 thoughts on “The Emotional Stages of Accepting an Art Commission

  1. i feel the same way and i haven’t had commissions yet so much as people wanting to buy my works in progress. the same wall is hit, though, and suddenly their expectations and arbitrary or real deadlines encroach and i remember why i stopped knitting for profit. while knitting doesn’t require the freedom of expression i love about painting, the time contraints were tighter and i’m an awfully slow knittress. i find that when a painting is sold but incomplete it gets put on the backburner and i have to work on the ideas floating around in my head or all inspiration is lost for months and i can’t paint while feeling forced. or perhaps i’m just really undisciplined. either way, i totally enjoyed your photo-breakdown of the process 🙂

    • yeah, i definitely go though these stages some when painting for myself. i’ve done something wrong if i don’t hate a painting halfway through! but i find it’s even more pronounced if you get caught up in trying to make something for someone else. it’s easy to forget that if you like it, they will like it too – rather than doing what you think they want, and outside of your norm… thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. I particularly love it when you are almost finished and they say…”Could you put a Pink Puppy with that Madonna? Can she be smiling? Why aren’t they ever smiling?” ..which is why I now say to those who want paintings: Wait until I’ve finished some new ones and you can choose…
    I’m a selfish kind of painter!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog….and nice work.

    • Yes! You’re not selfish, just smart! I hate that I always second guess myself when painting for other people. Trying to guess what the customer will want, rather than doing what naturally comes to me is such a bad road to go down, and it always takes awhile to find my way back. Thanks for visiting! Art is more fun when it’s shared!

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