Am I Still Painting?
...I'll get to that shortly.
Meanwhile, I wasn't going to post this 'experimental' piece on my blog because it's way different to my usual subject/style.
'It will look odd!' ...I thought.
'It will throw off the look of my blog!' ...I worried.
But then I realised that that is what this blog is for. To share what I've been up to.
So I decided to post it anyway...
Is it finished? No.
Am I going to finish it? No.
Am I done with painting glass? Absolutely no.
This painting served it's purpose. I needed to stretch myself and try something completely different... perhaps to prove to myself that I could? And I am pretty happy with how he turned out. And I enjoyed it enough that I will most likely do more in time... but just for fun.
I've had a few people recently who have asked me if I'm still painting, because I don't seem to be posting so much these days. I completely get why it might look like I'm not, after all, I usually complete around one painting a month and I often post progress shots too... Well, that was until this year.
So, why has my productivity slowed right down this year?
I thought I should explain. There are two reasons...
The first is that we lost two significant people in 2018; In March, we lost a friend of ours, then in May, we also lost my lovely Father-in-Law. Naturally we spent a lot of time trying to help in any way that we could and of course it goes without saying that this was our priority for some time (and of course I wouldn't have had it any other way).
The second (and main) reason boils down to taking on a couple of commissioned pieces. You might remember I was commissioned to paint a HUGE marble painting, which took me the best part of three months to complete... In fact during the time it took me to paint it, I would usually have completed at least three or four paintings.
Once I'd finished that, I completed a small, fun painting of some floating bubbles, which I really enjoyed. I was about to start another painting, when I was offered another commission, quite large, which I agreed to take on. This one is taking me far longer than I'd imagined and again I've found myself in a situation where I'm working on something for a long time. And it comes so soon after the previous commission, when to be honest I think I needed a longer break. The problem with commissions is that I can't post progress shots. So I look like I've dropped off the face of the earth!
So, the answer is yes. I am still painting, even though it doesn't look like it.
On that note, I have made the decision over the last few days that I am not taking on any further commissions for a few months and even then, I'll be limiting myself to one or two a year. The only exceptions will be smaller commissions of subjects that I love to paint.
So, once I've finished the commission I'm working on right now, you can expect to see my blog as active as it was in 2017 and many more paintings on the go.
Commssions are a lovely thing... but they are also incredibly stressful and all consuming.
Sometimes it's best to just say no.
Q. How do you feel about commissions?
(share in the comments below)
Week in a nutshell...
Excited about: Vlogging! Finally I have a proper DSLR! Hmm... Just need to figure out how to switch it on... Then should be a piece of cake, right?
Planning: A Vlog Post. I thought it might be a fun, more direct way to connect with you.
Acheived: A wonderfully clean and organized studio. Took me ages, but was well worth it!
What's next: I'm turning my commission around for a while to work on something new. All planned and ready to start! Woohoo!
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