Here is a commission I recently finished. It was made for a local woman who contacted me because she had seen my work at a gallery last year. She wanted a piece to commemorate her 1st anniversary. Since she wasn't quite sure what she wanted, she visited my studio to look at my various bodies of work. She was instantly drawn to my brand new abstracts which haven't been "out" yet since I am still working on them. Based on her interests, I was propelled into a totally new direction for this piece, a merging of her personal materials with my abstract style.
I am pleased with the organic feel that resulted. There was a lot of special text to consider and I had this vision that the text would form the shapes and linear detail in the piece. Having not done this before I wasn't quite sure where it was going but I did a sketch first (very unique for me!) and that helped me to know I was on the right track.
The piece is 30" tall by 10" wide on deep cradled clay board. I don't normally name my commissions, but decided to call this one, "Once in a blue moon." Specific mementos are embedded into the painting and the tiny ledger page numbers are her anniversary date.
The client was happy, at least I am pretty sure she was......she gushed with pleasure then threw her arms around me, tee, hee, hee. It is such a privilege to be charged with the responsibility of documenting a special occasion and I am glad it worked out.