Today's newsletter is more of a personal anecdote note rather than an instructional guide. Yesterday was one of those memorable summer days here at the lake; the early morning thunderstorms had passed, leaving the sun and clear blue skies. I decided to take advantage of this positive change in the weather and have my lunch at the waterfront.
Shortly after sitting down to my cheese and tomato sandwich, I was privileged to watch about thirty adult and young Canada Geese glide by while listening to some wonderful classical music on my portable radio. The piece was "The Legend of the Glass Mountain" by Nino Rota, and it brought back some wonderful memories of my young years in England when my mom took me to see the movie of the same name.
What a contrast to earlier in the morning I thought, when all hell broke loose...
I had been working all night on some commercial renderings trying to meet an almost impossible deadline. I was hyped on gallons of coffee and going crazy, but I was still on track. I managed to finish the illustrations and scan them, and then proceeded to send them to my client in Niagara Falls as e-mail attachments. Then, my computer dispassionately informed me there was an "error"...
A bunch of technical jargon about 'the recipient not accepting the e-mail address' suddenly flashed on the screen. My blood pressure jumped through the roof as I sat there staring at the screen while it silently told me, "You're done like dinner."
I grabbed the phone and made a frantic call to my client in Niagara Falls to see if there was any possible extension on the deadline. The answer from the other end was an emphatic NO!! The press release was set, and the artwork had to be in the printers hands in 20 minutes! In all of my years of dealing with stress and deadlines, I had never felt so helpless. All of that work for nothing, and my client would have nothing to show the press.
I kept working for a solution. After re-booting the computer and eliminating some attachments, I was shocked when it started to respond and the e-mails began transmitting through the ether. They made it to my client with mere minutes to spare.
All of this reminded me what a world of difference there is between commercial art and fine art. The most striking aspect is that with commercial art you are producing art for someone else's needs and schedule. A fee and payment schedule is established, and on completion you generally get paid.
In the mysterious world of fine art, you are the boss. It is your subject, your schedule, your style. There are no guidelines and usually no deadlines. The fact that you have to hope someone likes it enough to buy it in the end, is another matter.
These are my strikingly different "workstations" associated with the two forms of visual art I mentioned.
I certainly know which ones I prefer, and I am sure most other artists would agree.
So, keep those brushes clean and ready to go!
Quote of the week:
"The door to a balanced success opens widest on the hinges of hope and encouragement."