Paying the Rent

work on a new commission

For my blog readers, I just wanted to drop a line to say I am working on new Hank and Randy stories and paintings but am not ready to show them yet. Meanwhile, a stack of commissions just poured in and I am working to get them completed and delivered as promised.

completed commission just delivered

While working in my studio, I am playing old video cassettes of Andy Warhol documentaries. I have always admired his business-like work ethic in The Factory, and smile at his commentary on the daily round. His associate Bob Colacello told interviewers that Warhol showed up every morning early at The Factory and cranked out commissions till noon. He called this “paying the rent.” Having over a dozen paid staff members, he quipped that he had to “bring home the bacon” because he “had so many mouths to feed.”

After lunch, Warhol would go into the Think Tank with his staffers and then discuss the issue of “what we can do now for Art”. This is where I find myself. To continue working on my house and paying the bills, I need to pay heed to my business and peform the tasks promised. But after so many hours of the day split between commission work and house work I then wonder what I can do for Art. Hence, the Hank and Randy series–this I continue to plot and hope to have new work to show soon. Meanwhile I have promised art to complete . . .

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Paying the Rent”

  1. Sandra Conner Says:

    I never did like the phrase “starving artist,” so,yes, you definitely need to get those commissions done. šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚
    Of course, I don’t need to talk because I have put a couple people off for weeks who wanted to commission some new sets of greeting cards with my sketches on them. But I’m about to get myself in gear and get them done. I’ve had an interesting week, though because, needing a respite from so much online writing, I decided to take a hiatus from my writing and ministry websites and create a site just for my artwork. I include no text at all in the posts — just pictures of the art — and it has been a very relaxing and refreshing endeavor. Sometimes, I just have to stop the merry-go-round and get off the horse for a while. šŸ™‚
    Have fun fulfilling your commissions.

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  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Sandra! I’m having a blast, working in the studio every day now. I went through a long dry spell because of work needing to be done on our house. Much has been done, though plenty still remains. But nevertheless, I’m delighted to be making art again, and hope the patrons will be happy with the results. Congratulations on all your new endeavors! It’s gratifying to know that coronavirus has not got you down.

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