4110: Bynum Wedding Portrait Day 4

It would be easy to just paint from a picture. To take what a person has given me and transfer exactly what I see onto the canvas using oil paint. But that’s not me.

As I was working on the wedding commission today, I realized that this painting would be better if I made the bride and groom larger. The painting needed it. The subject matter needed it and if I wanna do my best, I need it.

It’s easy to get caught up in the business aspect of art creation and think about time and money first and do whatever it takes to create the painting as fast as possible, so that my profits are greater. But as soon as I start thinking about what I would want if this was my wedding photo and a pivotal moment in my life things change. I would want the artist to do the best that they possibly can, I would want them to go beyond the photo and build as much meaning into it as possible, because it would be something I would cherish for the rest of my life.

I think the reason why some of the best companies on the planet are doing so well is not because they’re able to maximize their profits by lowering cost and increasing prices, but by providing an exceptionally outstanding experience to all their customers.

Providing that exceptional experience is what I want to do.

Also, I built a panel for the next small painting I’ll be working on while showing down at the fence. The panel looks great and it only took me an hour to build it!

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