Tonight we headed into the Berlin to see the lighting of the boom piers on the Androscoggin as well see all the carved pumpkins on the pedestrian bridge all a part of RiverFire. We got there just as they started lighting the piers. These pictures really do no justice of the fires, but the pumpkin shots are cool. It seemed that everyone in town was out; Main St was packed and there was a long line to cross the bridge to view the pumpkins. Next year I’m going to carve one myself for the display; I was a little angry at myself for not motivating and doing it this year. Then I realized that I’ve only lived in Gorham for 3 1/2 months and in that short time, I’ve done a lot of things! I won’t be too hard on myself now.
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oil on canvas 14″X11″
Took a quick hike today with Luka; she’s such a sweet and good dog. I know I go on and on about her, but she really is the best and I feel lucky every day to have her. We chose to go town Pinkham B Road which is the same as Dolly Copp depending on which way you start. The leaves are at the end of the color changing and many trees are already bare, but the leaves out there today were glowing. Absolutely positively glowing.
I rush home from work each day so I might have just a bit of time to take a good forest walk with Luka, we both love it so much. The last few days have been summer like. Yesterday it was 80, today mid 70’s. Rumor has it that rain is coming tomorrow…alas.
oil on canvas 9″x11″
she reminds me of rainbow sherbet, my favorite ice cream flavor as a child
oil on canvas 9″X11″
As an artist, I am asked occasionally to paint a commissioned piece of work. I have been asked to paint pets, vacation photos, duplications of previous paintings I have already sold, and more general open ended pieces with a lot of artistic freedom. While the open ended pieces have been enjoyable…the other commissioned work has been difficult for me. In fact, it has been extremely stressful. So much so that I usually end up saying, “This is the last commissioned piece I will ever do.”
The stress is of my own making. I try not to be anxious,I really do, but I am an overly sensitive person. I am not cut out for commissioned work. The business side of art is difficult. Commissioned work is business. I am not a business person. I know I should be; I do work on it. I self promote and try to get my art noticed. I am learning. And one of the things I have learned is this…I do not enjoy commissioned work.
Another artist I greatly admire posted on her website that she was no longer doing commissioned work. I understand. The expectation, the pressure, the deadline…it takes away the joy of uninhibited creativity.
In a sense, I am my own patron when it comes my art. I commission myself. I set deadlines and have my own set of expectations and desired outcomes. I am enough to deal with.
This is usually what happens when someone commissions a piece of work from me..
1. They see my art. They like my art
2. Because they like my art, they label me a “good artist”
3. They believe that a”good artist” can paint anything.
4. They commission me to paint something I don’t normally paint in a style that I don’t paint in ( they want a photo realistic painting of their dog when I paint impressionistically, whimsical animals)
5. I say “sure” because I am happy that someone likes my art and I want to be a “real artist” and “real artists” paint commissioned work.
6. I STRESS OUT BIG TIME.
I get the work done. But the stress doesn’t ever equal the pay. Maybe that makes me less of an artist, but I’m okay with that. I really am. At least right now.