Sunday, May 31, 2009
I've been up to my ears in pink lately---just checkout my flickr photo stream to see all that's new and pink in my life :) This sweet little painting is a custom order for one of my repeat customers who wanted me to recreate (somewhat) a painting I had done previously. I had someone ask me that if doing something like that bothered me as an artist. That's an interesting question, because as an artist, you are supposed to create because you are inspired to create by something in your life, an event, a moment, an opinion, or a voice that drives you do so. But what if someone decides for you or asks you for something specific....should you, can you comply? I think the answer to that, is absolutely! Afterall...if it is your desire to sell what you create, the voice of who keeps you in business should be listened to as much as the voice inside of you speaks to you to create in the first place. However, not everything can be recreated exactly....in fact, it's probably a good thing that it can't be exact, otherwise you'd mainly be doing production work and while that may be good to a point, it's not quite as inspiring. I don't know...how do you feel about creating on demand? I might change my tune if I was asked to do one thing a 100 times over, but a few....ya, I can handle that.
Other news--I am honored to have been asked to do an interview over on the ACE Team Blog (Artists of the Carolinas on Etsy). I've done a couple of interviews over the last couple of months and the interesting thing about doing them is that I seem to learn something new about myself each time I reply to the questions. Sometimes it takes someone else to ask questions about ourselves to have us dig a little deeper into our motivations and history.
I better get back to work, there's more painting to tackle and dinner to eat (wow...I am eating late...not good)!