Ep 19 Painting Commissions Versus Painting for Joy

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In today’s episode, we are talking about painting/drawing for commissions versus painting for joy. Within the idea of paid commissions, we are also including those “jobs” where friends or family ask you to create things for them (we’ve all been there!).

We’ve been thinking about doing this episode for a while. Sandra has done a lot of commissions this year and I’ve also done a tiny commission recently and some in the past. So we thought now was a good time to talk about it. We’ve both recently been having a creative slump too, could that be to do with commissions? We talk about that in this episode.

Meanwhile, Sandra has been continuing with our Early Rise August Challenge to get up an hour earlier to create (rather her than me). She’s been doing a thing called the Miracle Morning which is supposed to “Transform your life” (read that in a deep movie voice) according to the website. I’ve tried it too in the past. Basically, it’s about doing things in the morning  – exercise, meditation etc that set you up well for the day. It’s a great idea in principle, but Sandra has her own ideas for a twist on the theme.

We also talk about how we recently met in person, much to Sandra’s surprise. She knew nothing about it as her husband had arranged it all

Anyway, I digress, back to the art commission’s topic I’m supposed to be writing about.

Here are a few of the things we discussed:

  • When to say yes or no to a commission
  • How to choose which commissions are right for you
  • How commissions can be good for stretching yourself, but how far should you go?
  • Why you’ve got to be careful not to let commissions kill your confidence
  • Things to bear in mind when pricing a commission
  • What happens if it doesn’t work out, and how to do your best to avoid that

Oh, and I delve back into the furthest recess of my mind to doing a few art commissions when I was about 15. I wonder what I bought with the money, maybe it was art stuff, maybe it was a Jackie magazine or a cool cassette tape. Who knows?

This week’s creative question

What’s your favourite art or creative quote and why?

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