Spent another weekend tending my booth at the Fox Valley Saddle Association, this time a hunter/jumper show. I really like this place–the people who run it are nice, the competitors are nice, and so are their friends and parents. Today I got my first commission from somebody I didn’t already know. That may not sound like anything important, but it is to me because it means that somebody who knows nothing about me except what they see in my paintings trusts me enough to take care of their precious 20-year-old photographs and turn them into a portrait. Of course I love it when my friends want a portrait, but for them there’s a built-in confidence in me that comes from already knowing who I am. So maybe I’ll make a little note in my PDA (that’s the extent of my diary-keeping!) that today was a “first”…
Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
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