Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Window Painter?

Maybe I should have been a window painter.  Why is it that when I decide I only want to paint the windows for one business this year, many other opportunities present themselves?

I told you that I originally did a design for the wrong location.  My business is Portsche's Jewelry located on the corner of 9th and Bannock.  When I showed the owner the design, he said he knew the owner of the place for which I had done the design.  He gave me her number and said she might be interested in having me paint her windows.

When I went back the second time to show the owner the new design, a customer had come in and his salesperson said that the "window lady" was also here.  I waited until he was finished with the customer.  As the customer was walking out, he addressed me and asked if I was painting the windows.  I said yes.  Then he asked if I could paint a coffeepot with Turkish designs and coffee pouring out.  I said I probably could and he told me to talk to Max at Cazbah restaurant.  I didn't.

While I was painting the windows yesterday, the owner of a salon two doors down asked if I could do something with her windows.  I looked at her windows and said I could do the same snowflakes I was doing for Portsche's, but she didn't want to "steal" the design.  I then said I only brought the supplies to do the jewelry store.  I only had two foam brushes and a very small touch up brush.

Her windows weren't very big and I could have done some swirl swooshes or something.  But I also had forgot to bring anything to "erase" the paint if I made a mistake and I didn't want to improvise something and have it look crappy.  She said to think about it and she would be around for an hour.

It took me longer than that to finish and I didn't stop by to see if she was in.

It took me about four hours to paint the windows, the fastest I've ever done thanks to the stamps. I'm glad because the clouds had come in with a cold wind and, even though I had a layers of clothing on, I was getting cold.

It took me less time than I had thought and I was happy to have the task completed. Or so I thought.

Last night I get an email from a window cleaning business and the guy said one of his employees thought that I had painted the windows on the inside and had sprayed a window to clean it. Realizing his mistake afterward, he still ended up destroying the work on that window.  So I'm back again tomorrow to repaint the window (the window cleaning guy is paying me to do it).

Now, I'm thinking I could do the salon windows if the owner still wanted me to since I'll be there anyway and can plan ahead.  I might see if I can come up with a quick design.

The reason I only wanted to do one business this year was because I didn't think I would have time to do more than one with all the other things going on (the Winter Windows are suppose to be done by Nov. 30).  Really, I could have the time if I wanted to.  But I don't want to, despite the fact that I could use the money for my art business.  There are other things that take priority and even though it can be a creative project, I'm really not a window painter.

1 comment:

Linda M said...

You are definitely in demand!