Watch me get corrected by an artist
That email yesterday, about commissions and buying freedom?
My client Paula Mould wrote in, because apparently I missed something.
“Commissions ARE inspiration. This is where artists make mistakes in attitude. An artist doesn’t have to take every commission. And they are not selling out.
You missed the most interesting aspect of commissions in my mind: injecting fresh energy into an artist’s work.
I actually wrote about that today because my latest commission moved me so damn much. And the ones that don’t, I’ve learned to say no to. Because it’s not fair to me or the client.
Fresh energy for an artist, new ideas, people watching paintings come to life. These are the things that commissions bring. Anyone who refuses them is missing out.”
Put THAT on your easel and paint it.
You might want to check out her blog at paulamould.com, btw.
Now there’s a chick who knows how to show her work, and the way she writes about it is pretty damn masterful too.
Pretty good example to learn from.
You’ll find gems like this, for instance:
There’s the whole story artists tell about how making money from art means selling out to the establishment or whatever horse crap they’re shovelling.
Here’s the thing: we all need money to survive. It’s a form of energy we exchange for various end results.
It is not evil.
And earning it with art is not a sell out.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
But then, she’s been a diligent student for years.
Besides, when you find the right people, and you facilitate their own decision to buy, you’re actually doing them a favour.
You ever bought something, because you really wanted to own it, and ownership was more important than keeping the money?
It feels good to make that decision.
Which means that if you don’t try to find your ideal buyers, you’re actually doing them a disservice because you’re preventing them from having the pleasure of owning your work.
Anyway, I need to get moving – or rather, I already am.
Currently on a train back to Zurich, for more – wait for it – conversations.
In the meantime, go here if you want my 3-hour art biz seminar on video or in Spain –> http://martinstellar.com/find-buyers-sell-art/