Have I mentioned before how much I love Facebook? Yeah I know there are the haters, the crazies and the trolls. Friendships can be strained, ruined or started. Memes are mean, funny or unintelligible. Connecting with lost friends, family members, other artists, and sometimes, frankly, people I can’t remember how we’re connected. And if someone annoys me, I can just block them.
Love seeing what Facebook deems I would be interested in.0
Meet McKinley. My last New Jersey commission.
Wasn’t sure this commission was ever going to get completed. Showing a house, packing and downsizing my studio, made this one of the most challenging commissions I’ve done. A sweet dog, for a sweet collector, these are usually the ones that fall off the brush. Somehow working in 15 minute increments, it sat on my desk as a testament to the out-of-control that has been spinning in my life. At one point an option considered was just telling them I couldn’t do it.
When the painting was finished, I felt proud and relieved. The painting was done and I liked it. I could move on to Florida with a clean slate as I have not accepted any commissions since.
Feeling smug, I went to my now empty supply closet to do the finishing work. Thinking I had planned perfectly by leaving one proper-sized mat, backing and mounting tape out of the moving boxes, I realized I’d forgotten to put aside an acetate sleeve in which to put the painting. Stickers I usually put on the back were not where I thought I’d packed them. Of course, the printer was running out of ink for the provenance, and guess what? Brown wrapping paper in which I usually wrap paintings had been given to a friend.
Thankfully, all was resolved and the painting was delivered yesterday to some happy collectors.
All in all, a good reminder to expect the unexpected. Kind of exciting, don’t you think?
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