Painting size 15" x 11"
Meet Karma. Following my exhibition opening where I had several animal portraits on show I was asked to paint this Dalmatian in watercolour that is to be a gift from her owner to a special person as a birthday present. Not having done "to order" before I was a little worried about the importance of capturing Karma well enough that her owner would say - yes this is my dog. I need not have worried as her owner is well pleased.
I have also been concentrating on completing some paintings requested by my son and daughter in law to decorate their newly renovated home which they are moving back into this month.This commission really challenged me in every aspect as they were firstly HUGE 90cm x 90cm, secondly in ACRYLIC, a medium I am not experienced in and thirdly required a lot from my imagination as the brief was definitely BRIEF -just big, colourful and bright and they need to be hung together. After putting my thinking cap on for quite sometime I decided to go semi abstract, base them on their recent overseas travel and call them a series name "Postcards" 1,11,111. They represent holiday memories from Nepal, Italy and Kenya. I delivered them on Tuesday and they have now been hung on the wall and the new owners are thrilled with them. Getting out of my comfort zone in doing all of these paintings has enabled me to realise that if I plan well I can do it. It has however left me feeling a bit drained which I know my fellow artists will understand as we give so much more of ourselves than the physical work in creating art, the emotional input is immeasurable.
Here are the 3 paintings (these photos are not true to square but the best we could capture due to their size) and also how they look on the wall in their new home.