Over the past few months, I’ve been honored to be entrusted with a couple of commissioned paintings. I’m always a little nervous when I get a commission — what if my interpretation doesn’t match the picture in the client’s head? But it’s a great opportunity to try subject matter I might not automatically gravitate to, and I’ve always been really happy to have taken on the project.
This commission was especially emotionally charged. A friend recently lost his mother, and after the funeral, the family released balloons into the air. He wanted me to paint the balloons to give as a gift to his father. Having lost my own father not too long ago, this really resonated with me and I was afraid I’d have a hard time emotionally with this. But the image was so colorful and the balloons so cheerful, I couldn’t help but smile while I was painting.
This second recent commission was less emotionally fraught. The client’s mother collects orchids, and this is one of her favorites. I loved how the greenhouse windows indicate a world outside, while the bright yellow flowers command your attention.
Thanks to my clients for bringing these beautiful images into my life and letting me paint my interpretation of them.