This past month I've been painting commission portraits. It’s not a new direction but is becoming my main direction. It’s also not something I thought would happen. But it's becoming the best gift one could ever ask for.
This mostly started with Awesome People. My little big project where I paint someone's Portrait then do an extended Podcast on their story. Portraiture is amazing. I love the process and the end result. Capturing someone's likeness on canvas is so satisfying and feeds into my desire to connect with people.
Seeing people beam with delight when they see their painting is probably the reason I keep delving deeper and deeper in this direction. Feedback along the way is always fun too. My last clients didn't like the background I chose...I repainted it….they were thrilled! I loved the background….but alas….it ultimately is not my painting.
Some Artists dislike this kind of interaction, preferring to just do their own thing...I like it! It gives us a chance to build rapport and a connection throughout the process. Which is the most important part. At least for me….there is no point in being an artist if you don't like the process of what you do.
The everyday details and underpainting of life is the fun stuff. Some days I'm up with my coffee right away painting….other days it takes me an hour to get going….or longer…..wondering what I'm going to do next, struggling with the next move or process of a piece. And some days I just have to go about doing the chores. Cleaning the studio, going to Rona or Opus to get supplies….talking myself out of my budget with all the cool things “I need” to get. One always needs a new brush……
Painting is thrilling and I'm glad you have stayed with me for so long on this journey of the artist's way. My back alley approach to life. Always wondering what is down that alley or that deserted looking road. I can't help myself. I'm too curious for my own good and get caught up in the minutiae of life. But it adds for great content on the next painting….
until next time, cheers, lisa