Commissions are nice because the painting has a home to go to but it does effect the process. We had some Russian visitors who shared a photo of their cat. It was fun to interpret the photo rather than try to paint a copy. I will try a more realistic painting but this is the result of a very happy afternoon of painting!
And so below is the more realistic attempt. I am happy with them both for different reasons. As soon as they are dry they are off to Chelyabinsk, Russia.
My daughter introduces fine art to school children. I did this Monet inspired painting for her and she showed it to a 1st grade class along side a copy of "Boardwalk at Trouville." A boy in the class looked at both and said, "Your Mom did that, I like her's better." Sorry Claude...
This past summer I was fortunate to attend a workshop with Colley Whisson at the Landgrove Inn in Landgrove, VT. Colley is an Australian artist