Recently, I took a job for a commission here on the island. This lady wanted her husband's old surfboard painted. She gave me really specific instructions on what she wanted, including a little clay tiki hut. I told her I was new at this, had never painted a surfboard before, and warned her that the air dry clay I use might crack in a few places. She was a nightmare from beginning to end, harassing and nitpicking but all with my practically having to beg her to pay me.
I had to drive for two hours just to deliver the board to her because she wouldn't pick it up, and when she got it, she said she liked it, but texted me after I was gone to complain about the clay tiki hut, claiming that I never warned her about the cracks and saying it was ruined. She is now threatening to take me to court, and even after I offered to refund her the cost of the clay, is saying that may not be enough for her. She is claiming that she doesn't want to pay someone else to fix it, but I already found an ad she put online looking for someone to do just that.
The whole thing is making me crazy, and it's making me physically ill with anxiety. Never, never again.
I guess what I wanted to say by all of this is that I have never once had a bad experience with any of you folks here on DA. Every commission I've taken, great or small, has been such a friggin' joy to do -- you are all friendly, patient, kind and truly interested in art and artists. You know how it goes. You understand expression, even ask me to paint and draw and sculpt things that you know I love to do anyway.
You, all of you, are the absolute best.
I've had several people write me, asking if I'm still taking commissions, and the answer is yes. I'm still struggling to find a job, and my car just broke down, so I will need all the help I can get in that regard. I'll happily do paintings and claymates for anyone who wants them, and of course, my shop [link]
is always open. Thanks for being so wonderful!
Now if I could just get this lady off my back...