My mother in law asked me to do a pastel portrait of Magnum's stepdad. I suppose I could refer to him as my step-father-in-law, but I'd rather just say "Don". One syllable vs. five syllables wins.
I was flattered she asked and knew it would be fun since I've known Don nearly as long as I've known Magnum. She'd asked me about the portrait prior to their visit last weekend and said she would bring a couple of photos.
The photos she brought, though, were from a few years ago when Don was a bit heavier. Plus, he wasn't rocking the awesome chin-strap beard he currently rocks. She snapped a bunch of photos while they were here, then honed in on one to use as a reference.
So I was playing with Don and it's been fun, BUT I'm having some difficulty. My mother in law wants to pay me for the portrait.
I have NO idea what to charge. I want to just do it for free. I may not always agree with her. We may wonder sometimes if Magnum was switched at birth. (Really, Mag and I have had conversations. Like, "we should look for your real family, I bet we'd like them!"). But for the most part, we get along well and maintain the relationships on our shared interests and just avoid the unshareds.
There's also the fact that they've always been very generous with us. If I were to charge for such a request, it would be a negligible amount in comparison with the support they've given us over the years.
She brought up paying me a few times, and I just brushed it off, not knowing how to answer. Does giving it to her at no charge "cheapen" it for her? I've had this problem before, *COUGH* GUANO* COUGH* and I'm not sure if I'm happy with how that went either.
I guess I need outside advice. Rambling on the blog hasn't helped.