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?’
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LooseCanine is a pseudonym and alter ego. It is an identity that is separate and distinct from its owner – who is dull and full of self-imposed limitations and worst of all, a cat.
LooseCanine is free and fearless.
LooseCanine likes to paint animals and thinks of them as having relatable emotions. It thinks of them as symbols of peace, strength, truth, harmony, and chaos.
LooseCanine paints energy and traces its constant flow and stir. It’s about moving paint over a hard surface, making lines and shapes and piling on layers until the work is finished with its maker. It typically uses a combination of artists’ acrylic and latex house paint on hard surfaces. The overall image quality is somewhere between wood-cut printing and random doodling.
While too many to count, it draws from influences that include native American art, wood-cut printing and engraving, stained glass, mosaic, and on occasion, Dr. Seuss illustrations. LooseCanine thinks like a dog, which is not too much. It would rather play.
Its heroes are Lassie, Toto, Rin-Tin-Tin and Old Yeller. - L/C
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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.