She woke to find that she could fly
oil on canvas, 24×20 inches
This week I finished a painting that I was commissioned to do. It’s always an interesting process working on a commission. I keep the person in mind with every brushstroke, but at the same time wonder with every brushstroke whether the painting will speak to that person’s vision. There is a tension there, but it’s not bad, but it does keep me on my toes!
While doing a commission can be a bit anxiety producing, at the same time I really enjoy doing them because it can often force me to do something different. And just as I learn and grow from each painting that I create, I really gained a lot from this project. First of all, I have been wanting to paint larger and this really pushed me in that direction….And I love, just love, painting on a big canvas. I felt so much freer in my movements and in pushing the paint around. I fell back on lessons I learned in my intuitive painting class I took last year in just letting go and letting the paint speak to me.
Fortunately the woman who commissioned me was so open and told me to go with my gut. I think that that is also key to a successful commission- forming a workable and trusting partnership with your patron. After working on this project for several months and our emails back and forth and our chat on the phone, I feel that we will probably keep in touch for a long while.
J-if you’re reading this, thank you for entrusting me to carry out your vision!