The latest commission went out in the mail yesterday. I don’t often do a picture quite that quickly, but I wanted to make sure it had time to get to its destination. I had a request for a pet portrait for Christmas over the weekend, but I decided to decline. I could have done it in time, but I would have been betting with the postal gods to get it there. I don’t need the angst.
When I look at this one and the last one, they are so similar that at a brief glance, you might think they were the same. Front porch, dark shutters, garage on the left, red brick, big front lawn. This one was a little bit more of a challenge because of the smaller portrait size. It was harder to get the detail in, so she got a slightly bigger size for free. I just didn’t want to compromise by making the building smaller to fit a 10×8 size. I ended up widening it to about 12×8 and was much happier with the effect.
She wanted to include the maple tree in on the left and I decided that would help the edges of the house. The landscaping is mature, so that was easier. I sketched the dog in on the lower right. She knew he would be small given the scale of the building, but she felt his inclusion would add to the overall impact for the recipients. I was happy to comply.