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A pet peeve​

I believe that people think they are paying you a compliment when they ask you to do a commission for them. It doesn’t often feel like one.

It usually goes like this. People come and see your work at a gallery or at your studio and ask about you doing a commission for them.  Basically what they’re saying is:

‘I really like your work, just not these. These already exist and weren’t done for me and only me, so I’d like you to grovel and be extra nice to me while I jerk you around about the possibility of you doing a commission for me which really won’t happen because I’m really just jerking you around. Sound good?’

– LooseCanine

1 thought on “A pet peeve​

  1. Commissions stifle my creative juices and make me nervous but are nonetheless a valuable source of income for the struggling artist. I wish they would choose what is available as commissions imply art for décor and not art for art’s sake. By the way, I’m your neighbor on Edgehill street.

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