And I like it. I like the changes, and the being at home, and I like the slower pace, even though it must pick up soon or I won't be able to do my best at Comité Noviembre this year. Luckily, I managed to combine a commission with my goal of bringing a large painting to the event. It won't be the one I had originally intended, but it will probably be a better fit for the show.
|Taíno Symbols by Tanya Torres, Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 60", 2014. Photo courtesy of Jorge LaTorre.|
For all artists out there, the reason I got this commission was that I made a limited edition print, someone liked it, and asked me to create a bigger piece with a similar design. All this through my Facebook page. Facebook has been helping me A LOT to connect with new people who might like my art. I don't really use any of the other social media platforms.
I have found that when someone asks for a commission inspired by something I have done previously it is an easy commission. I flows because I know the person already likes it, and I can make it better the second time.
When someone asks for something they have seen by another artist, I refuse the job. They need to talk to that artist, not to me. I don't tell them that, I'm nice about it, but it is just not me, not something I can do naturally, and I think that's the real trick to commissions: working with your own natural powers.
I feel like I have run a marathon after three months away from my art practice, but it was much needed. I give myself the rest of the month to be back completely, and fully evolved too.