Someone who is a big fan of my art made the comment this week that he was very interested in the abstract style that I’ve used for the “Living flame” painting and was interested to see what else I might paint in this style. Great that he’s so interested in my work, but it also underlined the problem that I’ve had all my painting career. And its this:
I paint a picture. It will be something I like or what I think someone else will like. And if its good enough, Iâ€™ll put it in a gallery, and on my website, and someone may come along and may find the gallery, and may find the website, and may find the picture in question. And they may like it. And they might go home and think about it, and they might talk to their spouse about it, and if there is enough money, they might buy it. Or they might go off the idea, and talk themselves out of the idea. Which happens an awful lot. Sometimes, people fall in love with one of my paintings, and they buy it, and they love it. And thatâ€™s great. BUT I can only paint â€œbest guessâ€ pictures, that I think they might want to buy. HOWEVER, if someone comes to me, and says â€“ I like this subject matter, this style, these colours, this size, this medium, then they get EXACTLY the picture they want, and I paint EXACTLY what they are looking for. Instead of â€œbest guessâ€ that usually doesnâ€™t work (because I have cupboards full of best guess work). So, if someone is interested in this abstract style, and interested in seeing other ideas â€“ it would help greatly if they can be a bit more specific, because the idea thatâ€™s in my head may not be the idea thatâ€™s in theirs! Plus, Iâ€™m going to put it on one side if its only a best guess painting rather than a specific commission, because commissions always take priority, and I have another fanny commission on at the moment, and if I have a commission to do Iâ€™m more focused on the painting because I know Iâ€™m painting a â€œspecific painting for a specific someoneâ€ rather than a â€œbest guess painting for anyone, maybe at some point in the futureâ€. Having said all that â€“ the idea I have in my mind is quite clear, its this abstract style, these pastel colours, of an erotic couple entwined. And Iâ€™m pretty sure it will work well as a picture. If you want me to paint it, I will, but it will be my â€œbest guessâ€ painting of this subject matter, that I hope you will like, because you know me as a person, an artist, and you like my style, and character. Of course, there is no pressure at all on you to buy the painting. So, do you want me to go ahead with my â€œbest guessâ€ painting for you â€“ and see what you think when I do it?
Well, that’s basically the question! LOL