Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy Customer

A happy customer is always a great inspiration. It is always fantastic to have someone find your shop fall in love with something and buy it. Oh what a feeling! A bit more challenging but equally rewarding or even more so when they love it, is when someone falls in love with the style of your work but has specifics in mind for a commission piece. This happened recently, a very nice lady contacted me and loved my still life paintings and wanted one of her own with a few specific requests. So we worked together through a few sketches, some items were added some deleted. I then did a few sketches on canvas and showed her some stages to get further approval to continue on. Lastly I came to the last stage before the finish, she was still smitten, so then I added the bold lights and darks, made it come alive and finished piece and happy customer and happy artist.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Feeding Birds

My two sweet girls got bird seed at the fair parade along with a mountain of candy and some grass seed, yes we live in a rural area, if you hadn't guessed yet. I have to say the seed has actually been more enjoyable than the candy. We used the grass seed to fill in the gopher dirt mounds in the lawn and my girls have been putting the seed in the bird bath (by the way I paid 2 dollars for my concrete bird bath at a garage sale) the bird bath sits on the concrete septic tank cover in our yard, again, told you, rural. So anyway the girls were all excited about the seed and kept checking to see if the birds had discovered it yet, for days no action, but as soon as they went to school they started coming, so I snapped a picture for them to see. If you look closely you can see a bunch of little birds enjoying their lunch provided by the loving hands of my daughters.