7 Things A Commission Means to Me

A commission is the greatest honor and energizer for an artist. Here I am working on my latest commission.

And here’s the final piece hung in its beautiful home.

Many Moons. Mixed Media on Canvas. 3 24x24 panels. Melissa Renzi, 2011.

So far, in my creative life, I’ve completed three official commissions and I have two on the horizon. A commission means so much to me. It means:

1. You trust me and my creative vision.

2. We will work together in some way, shape or form to co-create the co-existence of something that never existed before. Commission breaks down to co-mission. I see us as co-pilots.

3. I have a down payment and a deadline. These are two of the greatest motivators.

4. You love my work and are ready to pay me to create something for you.

5. We will no doubt form some special bond born of people work together to make something happen.

6. There’s a defined beginning, middle and end. Beginning = you commissioning me and me meeting with you to get input and inspiration. Middle = the act of creating and making and painting and looking and listening and discovering and suddenly, it’s done. End = me delivering the commission to you. As Seth Godin would say, that’s shipping. As an artist, there’s no greater way to ship than to deliver the painting. To unveil the work. To revel in the birth of a new work.

7. Something great is about to unfold in my life. I say this from experience. So far every time I’ve gotten a commission the energy created has magnetized and attracted far more good things than I could ever imagine.

A Brilliant and Beautiful Life

Hi darlings,

Today’s good thing is a project that felt so good. This fall, I was in project mode. Bob and I were striving to get all the art and photos up on the walls. This is a problem of abundance because I have so many paintings I can’t keep up with hanging them. Also, we have so many amazing photos it’s sometimes a challenge to find a place to hang them. We decided to hang them all together on the blank canvas of our hallway:

We laid out all the pictures to assess what we had:

We used the table as a staging area to lay out the design. We decided to use the gift I got Bob last year for Christmas as the focal point. It made sense thematically because these are all photos of our brilliant and beautiful life.

Here’s a close up of the quote. This speaks to me on so many levels. The “invisible thread” and being open to it and following its path have led me to where I am today. Look close and you’ll see a ticket in the frame on the left. That’s the ticket for the boxing match where I met Bob as we both followed our invisible threads.

Here’s the whole hallway. We decided we’re going to have a bulletin board on the right so we can be always adding and updating the wall. It’s just like life. A brilliant and beautiful work in progress. I can’t walk through this hallway without smiling.

I’ll leave you with the text of the words. I found this for Bob in a tiny gift shop in Asbury Park, New Jersey. I don’t know who wrote this, but I do know I love this and have always somehow lived my life this way:

An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break. May you be open to each thread that comes into your life – the golden ones and the coarse ones – and may you weave them into a brilliant and beautiful life.

As we all enter the holiday season, let’s remember to be open. There are invisible threads everywhere.

Good things, Melissa

A Basket of Dreams for the Dwelling Place

Well hello darlings. It’s been a while. A long wonderful while. I have so much to tell you. I’ve decided I’m going to tell you one thing a day. So today, here’s my thing. In the spirit of “Good Things Darling” I promise it will always be a good thing.

Today’s good thing: This past October, I was happy to donate a basket to the Silent Auction for the Dwelling Place of New York Fall Gala. The Dwelling Place is a transitional shelter for women in midtown Manhattan. I’ve gotten to know this amazing place very well these past few years and have been on the Gala committee thanks to my dear friends and coworkers at Sawtooth. In full Said The Butterfly style, I created the “Said The Butterfly Basket of Dreams.” It was three framed posters, a set of ten cards and other goodies like a journal and colored pencils. This was very exciting because:

a) I love the Dwelling Place.
b) It felt so good to be donating something that I loved creating.
c) It marked the official launch of Said The Butterfly posters onto the planet earth.
d) The basket got lots of attention at the Gala and there was even a bidding war.
e) I raised money for a place I love doing what I love. That’s my idea of success.

Here’s me shopping for the perfect basket. I can’t even tell you how excited I was to find a basket exactly the width of the frame. Score!

Here’s the set of three framed posters.

And here’s the whole shabang!

A big thanks to many of you who bought raffle tickets, too! If you haven’t had a chance to “meet” the Dwelling Place yet, check out their site here. You may just fall in love. I know I did.