Recently, I sold a couple of paintings to a collector in California. She wanted to hang one of the paintings over her couch but found that she needed to fill the space with two more paintings. She asked me if she could commission me to paint two more pieces that would match. Wow! What a great opportunity for an artist and I felt grateful for the opportunity.
As excited as I was, I was also scared to death. I’d never taken a commission and truth be told, I was nervous about whether or not I would be able to match the first painting and I was worried that I would paint something she didn’t like.
Fear can easily stop us from stepping out of our comfort zones. I could have easily said “no” to this opportunity and saved myself potential disappointment or failure to please my client. Not only would I have missed out on a financial benefit, but I also would have missed an opportunity to grow as an artist.
In doing the commission I encountered new inspiration and painted two paintings that I am really happy with. I also formed a new relationship with a wonderful client that I really like. And finally, I proved to myself that I can do more than I think. I’m ready to take on new challenges and expand as an artist.