Another sketch for the proposed commission based on Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Though I have a foreboding as I havent heard from them for over a week. This was one they said they liked. Silence can be a sign that something is wrong. Though I did have a commission a few years ago, where there were great spells of silence. It was only when they came to pick up the finished painting, about a year after we started the commission, that they told me the painting was a present for a family member in Canada. The other siblings were clubbing together to buy it and agreement was needed at each stage. If only they had told me at the outset, It would have spared me some anxiety. Then, I find many people assume you know what is going on in their head.

Above is another sketch I produced based on Robie House in Chicago. This one was less enthusiastically received.

This issue, when it comes on the back of an exhibition where I didnt sell anything, just chips away at your confidence. Hard times are now with us with the economic situation and paintings are first to go. I suppose I should hunker down and just enjoy my painting, painting for myself and the fun of it. Having said that I did complete a commission for a friend, but I cant show that as it is from a picture he took off a newspaper.

Still, if you are looking for a painting, check out my website: grahammcquadefineart.com


  1. It’s nice to receive genuine appreciation of our work. In the absence of which, we are recompensed when we enjoy the actual making of the piece. That’s our mainstay and keeps us going. People can be fickle when it comes to considering the artist’s ‘feelings’. But heh! There’s always the next painting. 👍

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  2. Silence can leave an artist with a feeling of apprehension…I know if have felt this sense of foreboding too when a client doesn’t respond to a message. In all cases though, there was a good reason for the delay…and it was never what I had thought the reason might be which had to do more with my lack of self confidence in what I was painting. I agree with Tiffany above : do it for the process and enjoy.

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