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?’
Work is temporarily postponed due to a physical injury. My shoulder is broken as the result of a nasty fall. Of course, it was the right side which is the side I write and paint with. I can still type, though. I will leave it at that.
I’ve been accepted to participate in something called the Tour Des Arts. It happens in the Eastern Townships which is a wonderful area east of Montreal. It’s supposed to be a very well organized and successful event so I’m very happy to be a part of it.
I recently bought a little house in the area which I will be making my permanent residence before too long. It’s a lovely property and has a great little studio space on the main floor. It will be nice to get out of a basement, where I currently work.
I didn’t know what to expect of the tour when I first applied but have since been told that I could get between 1,000 and 2,000 visitors over the course of the 10 days in July 2019. My little house is very much in the centre of Knowlton and that is likely to contribute to getting big numbers. Yikes!
I wasn’t expecting that but then again, I wasn’t expecting to break my shoulder either.
If the internet and social media offer such an amazing opportunity to be independent and reach a wide audience, why do I find it so intimidating? Making a painting makes sense to me and I enjoy the (often ugly) process of getting there. However, as soon as I have to post on social media or try and figure out how to make my website work, the anxiety takes hold. Even though posting on social media is no great technical challenge, I rather pathetically end up checking every few minutes for likes or (better yet) shares.
Even though posting on social media is no great technical challenge, I rather pathetically end up checking every few minutes for likes or (better yet) shares. Needy or what? Facebook seems easier to navigate than Instagram although I have yet to create a ‘Professional Artist Page’ which is apparently something I should do. Add that to the list. So far I’ve just been putting stuff up on my personal page. As an interface, Instagram seems a little awkward to me and I probably need to start throwing a lot of hashtag words around when I post something. At least, that’s what the ‘power users’ seem to be doing. I assume that is in order to enhance exposure in the Instagram world. We’ll try that next time.
As an interface, Instagram seems a little awkward to me and I probably need to start throwing a lot of hashtag words around when I post something. At least, that’s what the ‘power users’ seem to be doing. I assume that is in order to enhance exposure in the Instagram world. We’ll try that next time. In the meantime, it’s @loosecanine.
Twitter is so far just a thing that I scroll through at night to make me fall asleep. Lately, it just gives me nightmares.
So far I have completed 18 paintings, one of which is sold. Another is going to my picture-framer as a barter payment. It’s been a ton of fun but I’m still only about a half to two-thirds of where I would like to be with them.
Then, of course, there is the matter of this website which is very much under construction and requires that I learn new skills in order to set it up and manage it. I suppose that the discipline is good for me but frankly, I’d rather spend the time painting.
We think of animals as having relatable emotions, which of course they do. We think of them as symbols of concepts like peace, strength, truth, and harmony. I try not to think too much. I want to feel the energy and flow of the physical act painting and I think I just like painting animals.
Really enjoying the painting part, wish me luck on the website. – LooseCanine