Here is the next step in my portrait of a toddler. The hair is only blocked in at this state. I am going to change the shirt and background as well. I’m thinking of making the shirt either all light pink with a white collar or maybe a pattern of light/dark pink with a white collar (in the photo the shirt is blue). I’m not sure of what to do with the background. I want something like the ABC type of stuff we associate with this age. I might use a wall border with block letters A B C (as suggested by a friend, Valorie), or a chalk board.
I’m going to end up spending perhaps 20 hours on this. My wife will want to give it away; I don’t. I don’t even know the family this kid belongs to. I could give them the piece and it could well end up in their garage or even trash. There are many who do not value paintings or even appreciate the years of study and hours of work that go into creating them. I don’t know how we arrive at our collective values. I can’t imagine anyone asking someone they don’t know to do the following for free:
Please come over and install a sprinkler system in the backyard; replace my car brakes; paint my house; update my bathroom plumbing; hang this wallpaper; set this broken arm; etc.
But it sure seems to work that way for a painting. I get this a lot; “could you just make me a painting of flowers?” When you do, they may or may not offer a token payment. If you quoted them even a reasonable hourly rate they would shit and fall back in it.
There was a recent post on the “Robert Genn Twice Weekly Newsletter” where he told of the violin player who after playing in a venue where he received $1000 per minute for his music, played in a metro station where he was ignored by most; some would thow change into the violin case that housed his $3 million Stradivarius.
Everyone is ignoring me, but really I’m worth $1000/min.