Check out my newest painting, Determined Heart. I wanted to try something different so instead of painting flowers and birds, I went with this beach seen. It is somewhat surrealistic since the dolphin looks like he is coming out of the glass bottle. It has been so cold here in MA so I needed a beach scenery. 😉
The original is for sale in my Etsy Shop
Commissioned paintings are challenging. Not necessarily challenging in a negative way but rather in a positive way. The opportunity to create custom artwork for clients allows you to step out of your comfort zone. You end up painting new subjects, new styles, new color combinations, and the list goes on. The best part about it is that you get to work with wonderful people and involve them in your creative process. It’s a wonderful journey to be able to have someone give you their vision and you get to make that vision a reality.
I have created many works of art for clients over the years, but I have to say this commissioned project is one of my favorites. My client asked me to create five 4 x 4 inch watercolor paintings of Frida Kahlo, Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, and J.K. Rowling with quotes. My client’s vision was for me to create the portraits of each in a loose style. I am use to creating fine detail so this was an exciting challenge.
Another challenge that I encountered along the way was painting the quotes. It was difficult at first since the letters I had to write were very small and stylized. I also did not have experience writing letters with a paint brush. I went out and bought a fine detail brush and practiced writing for hours. I ended up writing it in pencil and then painting over it.
During this journey, I learned how to paint tiny lettering, loosen my brush strokes, and most importantly I learned more about these amazing empowering people. What do these five people have in common? They have failed and they have succeeded despite those obstacles. Their failures are stepping stones to success. Overall I think they came out great. My client also loved them!
What do you think about commissioned paintings? Do you find them challenging? What do you like about them? 😀
The other day I was photographing my art on the porch when I unexpectedly saw the most beautiful butterfly. It was so lovely watching it dance around the stairs. I couldn’t look away, I didn’t want to miss a thing. When it rested on my long cobalt skirt, my soul filled with joy and pure bliss. The colors were spectacular! I even got a chance to gently pet it’s wings. Since this moment brought a huge smile to my face, I had to capture it with a paint brush and savior it!
Life is all about savoring moments like this. The following day, I saw the same butterfly across the street from my apartment. It was a pleasant surprise to encounter such beauty once more.
Enjoy this little poem that fits perfectly with this painting. 🙂
A butterfly came into my room
And the drab walls began to bloom
It lent colours on its wings
Even to my most mundane things
I felt rainbows spouting all around
And also heard a strange and faint sound
Was it the whisper of that butterfly
Conveying a message from the yonder sky?
It flew away to become a dot of a bliss
Yet I felt its parting kiss
It has gone but I still hear
Its mysterious song in my ear.
— Author Unknown