Monday, February 12, 2007
February 12 - Commission Work for the Designer Market
In doing commission work, I end up with some unusual requests every once in a while. And since I learned long ago that saying "no" to a challenge does nothing but close doors you might never know are there, some of these commissions have been very eye-opening! Today's daily painting is a design rough for a designer who is asking for a specific installation piece for a specific market. It presented some unique challenges in that it is SO far away from my usual color and design. However, I said yes to this because in doing things like this, I open my mind to new ways of seeing and thinking about the art I create. Is it "me"? Of course not! But who knows whether or not down the road a ways, I may use something I learned here in my "usual" work.
And reworking this rough allows me to think outside the box as I am focusing so intensely with the design, negative space, contrast and all those other things you learned in Design 101. This one is only the first step. So don't be afraid to say yes to offers from folks who don't think like you do. It may send your art off in some really interesting directions!
On another note, I do have a painting waiting to get out (as soon as I finish up one more commission's tweaking), of a whippet dog. My folks had them, and this painting just aches to be born.