To my dear commission clients, past, current and future
First of all, thank you ~ it is my honor and my pleasure to create a painting inspired by your loving relationship with your family.
~ Let me promise you one thing ~
If there comes a time when I am not feeling it, when your piece is not coming to me, I will step back. I will work on other pieces until the passion and fire returns – and it ALWAYS does.
It may be the middle of the night, 6am, or while I am cooking dinner, but when the fire sparks I grab the brush (or at least the pen, pencil, chalk or marker…) Then, watch out!
I desire to not push, force or fake a painting – and if I attempt to, it is terribly obvious.
Instead, I prefer to trust in the process and work on a separate painting until I am perfectly ready to dive into the commissioned piece (or any piece, which is why I usually have 3-5 pieces in progress at any one time!).
If I did not feel the fire and passion when discussing your painting idea with you, trust me, we would not be working together! It takes only moments for me to know if I want to progress on an idea and I have turned down more than a few jobs because the passion was not coming forth. This is your guarantee that your painting is more to me than a job 🙂
When I hear you describe your children, your emotions and inspirations for your family ~ your reflections of love and devotion ~ the embers begin to glow and I can almost feel the painting – it begins to compose itself in my soul and my mind’s eye.
When I met with M.A. to discuss a painting we could create together (which turned out to be Holding On… Letting Go, shown below) and what it would mean to her, the images came to me very quickly – I wanted to get up and dance as I visualized the mother moving with her children – her arm twirling, the dancy feeling that would need to be infused. I was feeling the painting before it was even a sketch 🙂 It was wonderfully inspiring.
Recently, while sketching, in tune for a client’s piece, I contemplated adding a pillow which would transform the composition from a family sitting to a family lying in bed. And adding a lock of the mother’s hair that would wrap around the father’s shoulders, encompassing the whole family. Part of me felt it would be a good idea, part of me thought it may look strange.
I stared, then quickly drew in the lock of hair ~ instantly a lump formed in my throat and I knew it was to be so. My client responded very well to this as well (with tears).
These are just two examples of how the muse moves the piece forward ~ with my help.
I adore the painting process, the process of futzing and creating/recreating –
it ignites me – it fuels me – and I can’t imagine having any other job.
It even pulls me away from my other daily jobs, like when I burn dinner so that I can get an idea sketched,
or start my toaster oven on fire (twice, really!) to add a bit to a painting when inspiration strikes!
THANK YOU to (you-know-who-you-are) for your trust, inspiration, support,
love & kindness – I have thoroughly enjoyed painting for you!
And you, who are wondering, contemplating and feeling inspired and excited: I look forward to answering any of your questions. And I look forward to creating for you.
I hope you have a lovely day!
Love & Sincerely ~ Katie