We like to call the commissions I do, Collaborations. I work together with our client to come up with a painting they will treasure for years. It’s fun to take their ideas, incorporate some of my own and shake them all up. Susan and Jim discovered my work in the Fredericksburg Art Gallery. They didn’t see what they wanted so Donna, the gallery owner, got us together. The painting above is one in our book they especially liked. Susan thought the up close courtyard with the simple door and window had a nice feel. Plus, she loved all the potted flowers.
But Susan and Jim wanted a southwestern touch. They live in New Mexico and sent several pictures of their ranch house which they are in the process of remodeling. They thought it would be fun to include a touch of their place in the painting. I really like the door above.
Cedar shake shingles and adobe walls are also features that we decided would be neat to include.
Here’s my sketch. The partially open door was Susan and Jim’s idea, isn’t that cool? It’s really inviting. They raise Devon cattle; therefore the cow skull seemed appropriate. We’ll include a Hummingbird sipping at the Salvia since they are frequent visitors to the ranch. Jim loves Bougainvilleas, it’s easy to grow one draping down over the roof. If you would like to see the sketch, or any of the pictures larger just click on the image. This piece is going to be painted right up to the edge with the sides of the gallery wrapped canvas covered in black acrylic. Tomorrow I’ll show the preparation that will allow me to handle the wet canvas without disturbing the paint. Hope you’ll come watch. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik
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