There are times when I really, really love commissions...especially when I'm given certain parameters (ie. size and approximate colour) but am then left to my own devices. I think the biggest thing when working on a commission, which can be intimidating, is making sure we're on the same page. It's amazing what different people perceive when they both (or some cases, several people) believe they are thinking the same thing, but are not. For example, certain shades of orange or green to my husband are all yellow (he's an accountant/hockey player).
I find that it helps to look at images on my website, or if possible, to show actual work but with the understanding that the piece will not be replicated. I think the beauty of that is that each person who owns a painting has an original, something that no one else has or will ever have. Plus, as many years as I have painted and with the intuitive/spontaneous way that I paint and in many layers, there is no possible way I can duplicate what I've created before. In the end, I believe that is a good thing.
Last night's author visit at the library was fantastic! Thank you Janice MacDonald! A great writer and reader and so full of information about pursuing writing as a career. And today I'm excited for a meeting at Calgary Police Services regarding Up the Wall, a restorative justice, arts based, intervention and educational program focused on helping youth to develop new and legal ways of expressing themselves creatively. And with more sunshine on the way, I believe it's going to be a good day.