Seven Trees scale mock-up
I don’t normallyÂ kissÂ andÂ tell, but afterÂ sharing my recent big projects, I thought I’d take a moment toÂ tellÂ you about one I didn’t get.
They don’t all come through. Â I get it. Â And when theÂ potential customerÂ is a corporate committee, it gets even trickier. Â Too many menu planners in the kitchen, nevermind the cooks. Â Decisions are made in dog years. Â It is the nature of the beast. Â I won’t say I fully understand the dynamics, but I know enough to not count on a projectÂ until it’s signed, sealed, and delivered.
But in this case, it seemed pretty certain. Â Over the course of several months the pool of potential artists was whittled down to two. Â We were asked to present their designs to a board of VIP’s, and in the endÂ mine was chosen.
It was close — so close that the design went through several revisions (and months more meetings)Â before it was given the seal of approval.
Except that it wasn’t.
In the end the check was never cut, and the project fell by the wayside. Â Committee members were left wondering what ever happened to that thing…
They don’t all come through. Â I get it. Â Sometimes commission work is like fishing.Â OrÂ darts. Â Or…Â some other thing you have to keep trying at until aÂ bit of skill and a lot of luck shine in your favor.
ButÂ here’s the thing.Â Â I really like thisÂ design. Â I kept it quietÂ for a long time because I hoped it would come to fruition, and then I could share images of the finished pieceÂ with everyone. Â Until now only a handful of people hadÂ evenÂ seen it, and it’s one I’m very proud of. Â I would like to create it for no other reason than that I feel it shouldÂ exist. Â Maybe not at the original scale — the tallest tree would have been around 14ft.Â — but at some size, for some one.
CMBA “Green Innovation” award, 2013
As it is, I ended up taking apart the small mockupÂ and usingÂ two of the trees on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s “Green Innovation”Â award. Â (The winners cheered and raised it over their heads like a Stanley Cup trophy. Â I’ve not had that happen before, but I gotta say it’s a pretty sweetÂ feeling for an artist :) ) Â The CMBA said it was their favorite design of the past four years that I’ve been working with them.
SoÂ I’m gonna put this out there to you, dear readers. Â I know you readÂ thisÂ blogÂ for any number of reasons,Â including perhapsÂ the opportunity toÂ purchase artwork that you can’t find elsewhere. Â If you find yourself craving a special pieceÂ that would love nothing more than to exist, please let me know.Â It could beÂ any variation on the above design –Â as small as single tree on aÂ 9×24” background, or as large as a wall-sized cut out set of twoÂ or three. Â Just email me your thoughts. Â Or if you know someone who might be interested, please pass thisÂ along!
Take care, and have a great week :)
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