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He placed an order at my shop, Shellybee’s, and added a special request to frame the prints. Sure, I told him, because he was someone very special to me and no special request was too big from him. But as I created the art prints he selected (you should know that Hahnemuhle museum etching paper and the Epson R2400 do not mix well — the paper is too thick; paper jam every time) and found the right frames and mat board and started the work of assembling, I realized it was not something I wanted to offer everyone who visited my shop. And I’ve been suggesting that I’m open.

So I’m not as open as I thought. I mean, I’m an artist, not a framer. When I was sitting at my art table with backing board spewing dust on the glass no matter how many times I wiped up before closing the frame, I thought, dang it. This is taking just about as long as the art did.

Not really. The art took hours and hours and days of thought and refinement. And this framing project was just one afternoon. But the big different is, I love to create the art. I’m sucked in and the hours fly by and I resent the dryer for reminding me to fold my clothes. So I may be making pennies an hour selling art when you break it down from a business perspective — it’s really enjoyable to me, and I love the idea of sharing with strangers out in the world. Strangers who must have something in common with me, because they are drawn to my art (pun, yes).

In any case, when I had the prints all matted and framed and leaning against a bench, I understood his choices a little better. They did go well together. And for him, it was worth it.

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