Petals & Palettes
Michelle, they're precious! I love their products too!Diane
Michelle, I love them too. I'm praying for the big deal you have been working on.Love, Debra
PS~ I just re-read your story about getting your agent. What a powerful testimony. I admire your attitude that you'd just keep going if they didn't like your work...But I'm wondering here-how could anyone NOT love your work?! It's so true what you said too about the sideline 'experts.' I'm really curious about your 3-D commercial objects you mentioned. Do you have them licensed as well? Could you show some projects you have finished or are working on?I have a very important question for you, and for Diane too, if she would like to respond-How do you keep a healthy balance in your head between doing your work, serving God and your family, and all the other claims to your time and thoughts? I'm having a hard time unfocusing on what I'm trying to accomplish, and I don't want it to be an idol. I would love your input on this.Thanks!
Hi Debra~ I'll try to answer...Not all artwork/style/color/medium works for every manufacturer. (example) I begin a 3-D project I visualize what it will look like. I aim for that from the beginning... so do manufacturers. They have a visual idea of EXACTLY what they're looking for. They know what surface they're going to put it on~ they know their product. They have hundreds of artists/designs (possibly) to sort through. Some companies use a small group of artists & stick with them...others take on new artists continually.(I'll share my 3-D fun stuff sometime...manufacturers can make 3-D products from well drawn images/paintings of all sides.)Art is my career...my hobby...my "free-time fun" with the kids~ (when they want it to be...)Believe it or not...I serve at our church several times a year PAINTING! :) Just finished several canvas pieces to match a program they're using for the nursery & wee ones~ it's what I do & God uses it. If you knew friends of ours...they would say I just don't sleep! LOL ~ I have time to take elderly to doctors appts., I keep a clean house (could be debated from time to time! tee hee) We have children that we LOVE, LOVE, LUV! that are both VERY involved with wonderful things~ we take'em, we stay with 'em~ I'm in a Bible study...we eat meals together...I love to garden...and play on this silly computer.I don't have a problem walking away from painting/designing. After a huge deadline...I don't paint for several days. (The house usually needs an over-haul!) ha! I've been at it for 22 years...it's like breathing. There are rare times when I can't walk away from something (maybe like what you're describing)~ I think it's normal...if it is ALWAYS that way~ I'm not sure~ When I started licensing, I wanted every design to be perfect. I am a perfectionist...trying very hard NOT to be. I LOVE that I am learning that MY BEST is good enough. I can't get into the minds of the buyer/manufacturers/other SUCCESSFUL artists...etc. If I have creative block...I get out some of my favorite "picture" books, Dover design books...blogs from other parts of the world (non-English speaking are fantastic)...It might be "outside stuff" pushing on you. It's great that you're an artist...just because you think about it doesn't mean it's an idol~ It just means it's part of you...and what ever (good) is a part of you is part of God.:) Did that help?
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