A few months ago, Merna contacted me to request a commissioned painting to gift to her fiancé for his 30th birthday. Her request was an interesting one. She wanted three separate paintings, each one of her fiancé and her at a different spot where they will be honeymooning. The tricky part was that the honeymoon hadn’t happened yet, so I didn’t have any exact photos to go by… and also that the three paintings were completely different locations but needed to have some kind of flow so they could be displayed together. I decided I was up for the challenge though! One of the locations she requested was at a French cafe.
After a very extensive Google image search, and looking through random peoples engagement photos for ideas, I decided to use this profile picture of them (from their engagement photos) and somehow crop them into a patio at a French cafe.
It’s usually around this point that I get discouraged with my paintings. I know in my mind what I want it to look like and I know that it will eventually get there, but looking at a painting like this simply makes me cringe. Luckily, this was a commissioned painting with a due-date for the client, so I forced myself to putter along. There was probably a good week between the above photo and the one below though, as I really needed the deadline pressure to motivate me to keep going.
Now we’ve reached the point where I truly have a smile on my face while painting. It’s finally starting to look like what I had imaged all along and I simply continue painting adding in details. It’s at this point when I’ll actually send photos to friends/family asking them for input about what to change/fix.
Well that was sufficiently long so I will save the other two paintings for another post on another day.
I’d also like to wish Senan the happiest 30th birthday! I hope you enjoy this painting even half as much as I enjoyed painting it.
This painting is obviously not for sale but if you’re interested in commissioning a painting of your own, check out this page with more information about ideas and my rates.