Yet when the new local café in town asked for a three-panel work of restaurant art, it included a sandwich, an espresso, and a cupcake.
It was during this process of painting this cupcake that I realized I’ve got to get real with this pastry.
If I paint a pretty cupcake that doesn’t have grit and a bit of ‘tude, I give them a sterile work of art.
But if I hang it out there a bit, and get edgy with their baked goods, then maybe they’ll end up with something real. A work of art where I push myself, tried some new things, let go of how that cupcake looks and paint with fun on a brush.
What my clients deserve is a cupcake that speaks to their customers. Makes ‘em smile – or taste that fluffy icing on their lips.
I love fine art commissions because they give direction, a place to start. A mission. A reason to paint with people waiting on the other side who are excited to get it.
And, lucky me, this is what I wished for. To make a living painting. It’s happening. It’s growing. It’s magic.
In other news, I still have to do the sandwich. Wish me luck.
If you’re interested in commissioning me for a painting for your own home or business, email me here.