Working intensively in my studio can make me feel like I’ve been underwater for quite awhile. When I went in, the temps outside were in the teens…today it is 53 and rainy. Perfect! Well. If you like that sort of thing, which I do.
So here you can see the next step in the painting. I begin roughing in the background, in this case, the trees and fence. I rather liked this, but then I remembered that my client wanted the canopy of the main tree to show. That required some finessing, to squash a tall tree into a horizontal format. Things had to shift.
I like to stay in contact with my clients so they can offer input. A lot of artists abhor this, but to me, if I’m not hearing from the client, then how do I know they like what they are getting? The painting is for them, after all.
So we went back and forth a little bit, moving dogs around. Here is the final version. I delivered it yesterday and was absolutely bowled over by her response. What a privilege it is to make someone happy doing something I love to do.