Sunday, January 29, 2012

A special order

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A very sweet woman here asked if I would ever paint something special for her.  Her brother died in a horrible accident at work 4-5 years ago.  He worked at a sunflower processing plant.  She wanted something to show them both, possibly in a sunflower field.  Boy, I struggled.  It took 4 attempts.  First I tried larger fields, but she did want me to show them both as blondes with blue eyes and the further away his image got, the less detail I could get in.  Finally I decided on a close-up view and hopefully the ‘in a sunflower field’ comes across here.  I did layers of 1” papers again, put on a background paint and then sketched and wood burned the design.  I found it extremely difficult to do a male figure/face without it looking TOO feminine.  I hope I accomplished it somewhat.   Thank God she wanted whimsical and not realistic Winking smile

I hope you are all having a great January.  I can’t believe it’s almost over!  I’ve hit my normal January brick wall where almost all of my creativity comes to a complete stop after the holidays.  I’m really hoping it kicks into gear soon!  I have tons of ideas in this head of mine, just haven’t had the urge to get them onto canvas yet.

9 comments:

Tina Eudora said...

Oh Darla it is beautiful and the colors are glorious! I think you nailed this to a "T" and I am sure she is going to be thrilled with the results.
I hope your January has been all you hoped for the start of the year. Mine has been interesting and pretty good if I say so myself!
Have a great Sunday!
Tina xo

Cathy Bueti said...

oh Darla!! This is so lovely! What a precious gift you have created for this woman.

LOVE!!

xo

Luthien said...

i can relate when you said "i struggled" ... commissions can be exhausting and a lot of pressure, becos the artwork is not technically your own now, it's also someone else's expectation. having said that, i love what you did ... i love that you put the brother behind on angel's wings. he's watching over her and he is always by her side. it's a lovely tribute! well done my fren :)

Serena Lewis said...

A beautiful painting that I'm sure will be cherished, Darla. I used to hate commissions. As Luthien says, you have to be able to meet the client's vision and expectation which can be very difficult if they're not good at explaining what they want.

Brown Sugar Babies said...

What a beautiful tribute Darla.

Magic Love Crow said...

Darla, this is stunning! You did a beautiful painting for his lady! I am sorry for her loss!
I can't wait to see your new art ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

A Dancing Mango said...

Darla,
God has blessed you as you were painting!
What a historical memorial you have created here ♥.. YOU ARE SO TALENTED!
Miss you Girl!
hugs, Darlene

Annie said...

Darla, Your painting is beautiful. I am sure she will treasure it always.

Susan Wymola said...

I love this painting! You are on quite a roll already this year 2012!