One thing I really love about doing commission work is getting to know the people and families I’m making the art for. It is a unique task and lots of fun to try to figure out how best to go about making something special and meaningful to someone I usually have never met. I am happy to report that this painting was very rewarding to create and has a lovely family to go home to!
It started out in a unique way as well because the piece is painted on an antique wooden drawer that had been part of the workshop of the family’s grandfather. It was such an interesting surface to work with and really gave it a little something extra that made the piece have an authentically old feel.
I painted the family in a springtime scene using the mother’s favorite colors and arranged the family in front of their 1817 New England home, wearing period clothes. There are lots of little details in the painting, and I enjoy tucking little things in for the families to find upon close inspection.