Do you wanna hear a funny story? Well it certainly amused me greatly ……….
I’ll share it with you and see what you think……..
The other week a woman I know as a distant acquaintance from many years ago contacted me regarding wanting a painting done as a surprise for her husbands forthcoming birthday. She wanted a dog painting to match the previous one I had done for her some years ago. I couldn’t remember doing it at all even though she was adamant I had and had told various friends of hers who admired it, that I was a good artist and how much she liked my work and was going to commission me again. It surprised me that I couldn’t remember painting it, but since she was adamant I had, I put it down to a lapse in my (normally very good) memory. I said I’d be happy to paint another painting for her whilst wracking my brains about the original one I couldn’t picture at all. She said she’d take some photos of the dog and we agreed to arrange my visit to her this week. As she gave me directions to her house, I knew I had certainly been there before, so presumed it must have been in connection with the painting I had done for her, which is why I could remember the house so well (although it’s a very distinctive and beautiful house so it wasn’t hard to remember). When I got there, she welcomed me in, and we sat chatting over coffee, discussing art, dogs, travel, cooking and various other general topics and it was only when she asked me if I had previously painted under the name “J Cross” that I realised why I couldn’t remember the painting. I HADN’T DONE IT! Aah, that would explain things!! But she had asked me to paint the picture because she thought I had!! Whoops!!!! She thought the mistaken identity hilarious. And I must admit I do too! And the ironic thing is she still wants me to paint the picture as two heads of the same dog, and if she likes it enough will commission me to paint another head of previous dog of hers that has since died. So, I’m hopefully getting two commissions out of it, and all because she thought I was someone else! Yay! Good for me! Er, yes, but bad for the person who did the original painting. Not good for them at all!!! I was pleased though that the woman thought me more professional than the original artist, and I think I’ll paint a better picture too. Hopefully she’ll think so as well.
………and I’ve remembered why I went to her house originally, and it’s nothing to do with art at all!
So, I’m back on dog portraits again. I think I might seriously re-consider whether I’m in the wrong job. Perhaps I should do dog portraits for a living instead!