Winter is back again, snowing and cold. I was thinking last night of a stand of Birch trees (they might have been Alder?), I used to pass on the way to the coast when I lived in Portland – they always seemed mysterious, standing so quietly with their moon-skinned bark and delicate branches going every which way. I know, I know, I need to practice birds! These were just repesentationally abstract bird thoughts – not actual birds. Today is lazy. The sun goes in and out, as it snows and rests, snows and rests….
My grandson was christened today. I couldn’t make the event, too much to do at work to be gone several days, and new management doesn’t approve of actually taking vacation days. I am just biding time with this and hope the economy will turn before too long and jobs become available again. I will see my grandboy in April.
I was thinking today about not wanting to sell work to people we don’t like. Is that too crazy? Someone recently asked me to do a painting for them, but I don’t really want to because I don’t like them. Valerie at Acornmoon says to go ahead and sell the painting, it will outlast me or the buyer, and its always good to get one’s work out there. This makes sense to me, but still there is that residue of distaste.
I understand your feelings but paintings are rather like children, you create them but they have a life of their own, separate from you. Who knows, your painting may make someone a nicer person? I hope your potential customer does not stumble upon this post! Then again, if you feel very strongly about it then you should go with your instincts, it depends on the extent of your distaste.
I wonder if your trees are silver birches?
I like to feel a connection to whoever “adopts” the piece. This is why I do giclee’ prints. 🙂 So see…I am somewhat crazy too.
I like what acornmoon said about it “may make someone a nicer person” that is a good energy way to look at it.
I love your birds. They are spirit-filled and lovely.
As for selling one’s work to someone one doesn’t really like. IF one could use the money, charge more, then, AND put a lot of good energy into the work (a commissioned piece, that is) and sell it to them with the hope that it WILL make them a better, kinder, more generous person. IF one doesn’t need the money, then I think you have the right to choose … not to. MORE MONEY = MORE ART SUPPLIES = MORE OPPORTUNITY to create art for oneself, and for those who one loves. 🙂 — D.