But a deadline is always helpful. Turns out a wedding deadline is even more helpful.
Last year my cousin asked me to paint him a picture of a clown, "whenever the creative inspiration hits you". That's it. No other specifications, no timeline. It was the most nerve-wracking and inspiring commission!
I just wasn't feeling the "creative inspiration " for any painting for a long time. And then about a month before their wedding, I thought, "Hey! Wouldn't this be a great wedding present?! I should get going!!"
So I bought a big canvas (my favourite...) and let it sit in my hallway for a couple of weeks. And then apparently I was struck by this colour combination, and started as I always start: with a messy background.
And then I sketched out the rough clown. And then a bunch more steps happened that I didn't take photos of!
More details... These flowers are my favourite.
I am really excited at how this one turned out! And it sounds like the new owners love it!
I took two other commissions from another cousin this year. Stay tuned for those pictures!
I am much a much happier painter than scrapbooker...