This post is directed at those who might be thinking about commissioning an artist but don’t want to interrupt what that artist might be working on. I have personally experienced this as an artist myself.
I urge you to not worry about interrupting an artist’s project. Artists who are serious about our craft will almost always have some project going. If you wait until we have nothing we’re working on you could be waiting a long time.
Granted there are times an artist will not be able to take on your commission at that time. These are mainly times when the artist is already committed to another person or organization. Obviously, if I’m already working on a commission for someone else, I’m not going to interrupt to start working on yours. You’ll have to wait. Likewise, if I’m working on pieces for a gallery show, I most likely won’t take on commissions during that time. Any commissions you send me will be postponed.
However, if I’m working on a project, with no commitment to anyone else, there’s no problem with me interrupting it to take on a commission from you. After all, I can always go back to it later.
Really, if you want to commission an artist, just go ahead. They will tell you that they're not taking commissions at that time, if that's the case. You may even able to find out whether or not an artist is currently taking commissions by visiting his or her website.
That’s it for now. I’ll talk to you again next week.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife