Last week, my neighbor stopped by and asked by a commissioned piece with her poodle as the subject with a bird flying overhead and the dog looking up and…and…and. I paused for half a minute listening to the expectations and thinking to myself, could I do this? I could not remember if I’ve ever painted a dog, much less a complicated scene. I didn’t want to over commit and get her hopes up. I like a challenge, but I don’t always say yes.
Quickly responding, I said, we’ll I’ve never done a dog in a scene before, but I love a challenge! I tell you what, you send me photos of your dog and I’ll work on it and let’s see what happens. Sounds good, she said.
After a week of studiously trying to create the expected scene on the preferred 6x8inch size, I realized it was just too much information to put into a small piece of art, especially when I don’t do realism. My art need room to breathe!
When I finally let go of trying to meet her expectations, I was free to explore painting the dog in watercolor, in my way. That’s when I reached a point where the fun returned.
I painted two that I sent back over to my neighbor and she said she loved both and it’s exactly what she wanted! Go figure, right?
Looks like they can display the more purple piece in Spring an Summer and the other one in the Fall. Really beautiful.
Love them Lynne