Alcippe (alcippe) wrote,
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Foot down

So lately I've been asked by some friends to paint pictures for them. And I am going to do this for the one friend, because I really want to do this for her. She's a very close friend, and I can make an exception for her. I'll have to break style and go back to doing figural work for the piece, but I can do it this one time.

But the the other friend I'm going to have to tell no. I already waste 40 hours of my life every damn week whoring out my talents to big corporations, so when I get home and get to paint it needs to be a painting of something I LOVE, something I'm passionate about. It has nothing to do with money, because I already make plenty. People think, "she's an artist, she'll just want to do this for me because she likes to paint!" But actually, NO. Painting is just what I have to do to make my ideas come to life. It is not very fun to breathe in fumes and hover over a canvas all day with aching shoulders and back. I do it because it is what I need to do to create my art.

Painting is not art. Anybody can paint. Paint a wall, paint a fence, paint a house.

I need to create my OWN art, the stuff I love, and not be other people's mechanism for creating what THEY love.

So no more commissions.
Tags: art, painting
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