It's been about a week since my last blog post. Had some terrible news about my recent painting of Angel Heart, or as I call it, the painting from he!!. My last blog was of making contact for delivery of the canvas painting, Tuesday, before we left for a short vacation with friends the next week. Really looking forward to getting away from painting and such. Having a business is kinda like having little kids. You love to get away and be normal, but miss them terribly. Same for my painting. Just walking away for a few hours makes all the difference in my perspective. Fresh eyes!
My client was a lesson learned, the hard way. Several things - 1) never asked for a deposit, 2) asked and never received adequate pix, 3) client said to "use your artist instinct, I trust you." and 4) had agreed via message to a canvas. We set up an time, place, and date, agreed payment would be in cash or credit card using Square account. All good to go, or so I thought. She asked/demanded a pic of the kitty, even though I told her the pix don't do the colors justice, even when taken outside in bright sun/shade. I sent her several pix I had taken just that day, one is on this website. Imagine my SHOCK and dismay reading her saying she hated it, didn't want it, didn't like it, never agreed to a canvas, and I "didn't capture Angel Heart's sweetness. You made her look like a mad old cat!"
I was stunned!!!! The only, read this again, ONLY picture I had was taken the day the kitty was put down, in a lot of pain which you could see with here eyes. How could I capture "sweetness" from one pic and knowing nothing about the deceased cat?!?!?!?! I spent over 12 hours on the painting, numerous revisions, and grew to want it done. Perhaps that was my error. She was demanding to have the painting and I was trying to please her. It would have been different had I had $$ up front, to soften the blow, so to speak. Nope! Nada, zip, zero, nuthin.
I am sad to say this rejection at first resulted in anger, dismay, and then depression and doubting myself and my artistic abilities. I looked at the cat painting so many times, I was seeing it in my sleep! I did post it on facebook of my being dupped, wanting sympathy and pats on the head. Little did I know, these were forth coming plus constructive criticism, and a "snap out of it!" statement. Posting the painting for sale was the only way to recover at least my dignity. Today, it sold! Wow!
I felt sooooo good about it, I finished the Flutter stone, ready to be sealed this week, background on 2 other stones, received payment for 2 stones, started a 3rd stone of ocean waves (Father's Day tribute), started painting 75 bookworm bookmarks - all in one day! And it's not over yet! Well, it will be soon because we are heading out to meet family for dinner and there goes to light.
Tonight I'll trace templates of the bookworm on another 24 bookmarks. I painted 24, 2 are rejects or 2nds because the brush didn't cooperate. These are ready for the red and black outlines, ribbon and ready for making female or male.
Tomorrow is another day! I feel good about myself, very proud of this ocean wave step stone, learning to not rush painting. Ya know, when you mix ultramarine blue and yellow oxide you get a muddy green!!! Going with my gut feelings usually works for me, plus a lot of prayers.
Also, I'm mailing off 24 bookmarks to be sold in the Ohio store, Under the Stars. One has to take a leap of faith now and again. Also
NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF! After all, if you don't live your dreams - who will!