|The Family (Commission)|
Here's a commission I've just done. I almost turned it down because I felt intimidated by the task, feeling that it was way over my head. I find commissions very stressful, mostly because I tend to paint things that are easy for me. Rather than painting what needs to be painted.
In this case the photographs were not as clear as one would like and they were from different places and times. I had to compose them so they were in the same place at the same time.
I'm glad I gave it a go. I'm totally pleased with the results.
I instantly connected with that dog. I could really see the love in his face. I knew I had to paint that love. But what about the others. What part of their personality did they have that I could convey? The goose exuded authority. She seems to be looking for troublemakers to put in place. And that cat. Very moody and suspicious about that big dog. Bunny looks pretty secure beside that dog. And finally that bird knows to stay close to the dog with the cat around. Another challenge was how to pull them together. I wanted to portray them as a family. Initially I considered putting them in a garden but realized that could make the painting too busy so I decided to put them on a sofa. I decided to put them in the Empress library with the light streaming in on the woodwork and across the damask red velvet love seat. Well, I happened to have used this same sofa in a painting I did last year so I was ready to tackle it again and make it even better. How cosy and luxurious and traditional. They are the perfect family.
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