That commissioned clock is a bust. I put an end to it today. There is a part of me that feels some sort of shame in admitting this, what with everyone saying 'oh you'll make a great clock for them I just know it' blah blah blah.
Well know what? I sent close to 30 pictures of ideas and everyone of them was rejected. I've only done two other commissions and they too were challenging but I had more freedom. I think ultimately it is a fine line between allowing the artist to do what they do and having it your way. I'm not sure I could have ever come up with something for these people. I've spent a couple weeks on this and I've reached a point where I'm not feeling like anything I do will work. I have no ill will about this, I'm frustrated naturally, but I have to respect my boundaries. I didn't charge for this up front, I didn't feel comfortable with it, how can I charge for something if they don't get anything? (to their credit they did offer to pay for my time) Yes my time is worth something but I look at it this way: I came up with more clock ideas that I'm going to make that I would not have otherwise come up with. That last clock (below a few posts) was inspired because of this commission. I'm happy with that as a cosmic payment. Were I to have gone out and hired someone to fabricate something as I almost did, then I would want to be compensated I suppose.
Commissions are an interesting experience. I've been asked to do a few that I haven't done because I knew the tastes didn't match what I wanted to produce. I guess the question is how bad do I want it? (the money) Or how hard do I want to bang my head against the wall making something that isn't coming naturally? Today obviously I don't want to bang my head anymore. I would have loved the $$, it beats driving the cab for two or three weeks to make that $300 or $400 but I guess this time I have to just buckle the seat belt and drive. Watch out I might run you over!