Do I charge for how long it really took me...how long it should have taken me...or how long I think someone else will think it should have taken me???
Do I charge for the five hours I sat there staring at the canvas in an unproductive stupor...or charge for the hour it took to actually get most of it on there?
Do I charge for the three versions I wiped off or the one that actually remains?
Do I count the tweaking time?
The staring at it wondering what needs tweaking time?
Do I add in the thinking about it when I should have been sleeping time?
What about the two hours I spent admiring the finished product during which time I made six crucial changes that took one second each to implement?
Do I charge just for the cost of the canvas and paint... or the time it took to comparison shop, order, uncrate, stack, organize, and prime it?
Oh, let's don't forget about the time it took to obtain the photo that I painted it from as I stood on the street corner waiting for the lighting to be right and then when it finally was glowing in the late afternoon sun four cars parked in front of it.
You know...There's a reason artists are starving.
Note: Credit for the above goes to Lorrie Drennan, artist. I saw it on her blog and really felt the message. I believe she credited the comic strip Cathy. Check out Lorrie's blog. Beautiful art work! http://www.drennart.blogspot.com/
Love deeply. Laugh. Cry. Talk to God. Be realistic about the to-do list. Stay in touch. Hug. Dream. Smile. Break Bread often with Family. Spend Time with your Girlfriends. Shop til you Drop! Extend Grace. Be Quick to Forgive and Slow to Anger. Walk. Breathe. Sing. Dance. Read. Eat Chocolate. Savor a Good Glass of Wine. Wiggle your Toes. Sleep well. Life is Good!
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