I thought I would tell you all about the not so good stuff about being an artist....all in good fun.
1. THE REVEAL...
The thing I get the most nervous about is revealing a commission to a customer. Generally people are absolutely great even if the painting isn't what they are looking for, however sometimes they don't like what I have done! Plus I get some impossible requests I have been asked to increase the size of some children ( as they have grown since the photo was taken ).Or to add the third dog ....( but there are only 2 on the photo ) yes he has run off but he was there on the day !!! I can laugh about it now.....and I do enjoy commissions. The best thing about them is when I hear they are a treasured memory of a much loved pet or a reminder of an lovely family day.
2. GETTING FAT
Painting is quite a sedentary pursuit so I am very aware that I am probably getting bigger.I try to go a walk everyday but the lure of the biscuit jar downstairs can sometimes be too much....
3. WASTING TIME.
Discipline, much as I love to paint getting started can be tricky some days. I can waste far too much time surfing the internet, looking at weird videos on Facebook, checking out art pages on twitter. It's that feeling of a blank page in front of me and no ideas in my head.I can tidy my desk, make a cup of tea , eat another biscuit.!!!
4. NEGLECTING THE FAMILY
So as well as sometimes not being able to start working sometimes I am not able to stop working, If I am stuck into a painting I can lose hours and hours . And when I am supposed to be cooking the tea/ cleaning the house/ etc etc I am instead concentrating of the curve of a birds' wing or the eye on a hare.Painting full time has not led to a tidier house.Thankfully I haven't forgotten to pick the children up...yet!
5. COVERING MOST OF MY HOUSE IN PAINT SPLATTERS!
Already having established I am not the world's best house wife I have now realized that many many surfaces including my mobile phone cover are now covered in little paint splashes. I have spilt masking fluid on my clothes and always have paint in my nails, glamorous I am not !.
But all in all I think I probably have one of the best jobs in the world x