I’ve always been pretty confident in my Edward Kwan hand painted tie creations - something in me has always been like ‘yep that’s good’. But this was the first custom order where I genuinely didn’t think what I had created matched up to what my customer wanted and the first time I’d ever sent a customer an email pretty much saying ‘no worries if you don’t want to go ahead with the order...’. Luckily I was wrong and my customer loved my work!
I learnt two great lessons from this:
1. Art is subjective
2. Always back yourself
The second lesson equally applies to my role as a lawyer!
My customer in this order was after a design showcasing the flame lily flower and also wanted it painted Impressionist style. The worst part about being self-taught at painting is that when customers ask for a specific painting style and flower, I have no idea what I’m doing and have to just wing it.
The best part about being self-taught at painting is that when customers ask for a specific painting style and flower, I have no idea what I’m doing and have to just wing it.
And so I ended up with this design! I have found for myself that often I don’t like my own artwork/creations, but after a couple of days of sitting on it I start to really like the work. I’ve heard that this is common for other creatives(?)!
Check out below a video of me painting one side of the bow tie from start to finish.