My Balloon, 18 x 14
Well, I just read a post at www.theartfullifestyle.com, (the Huff Harrington Gallery blog) about commissions, and since I had been recently working on the one above, I was contemplating a few comments myself on that subject.
My Balloon is a good representation of the subject in a photo taken by a friend, who wanted this painting of her grandchild. I like the striped robe, but generally feel that this painting is tighter and has less soul than I aim to capture. The buyer might as well be sitting on my shoulder, as my response to the subject is more timid, less interpretive. Wish it weren't the case, but that seems to be my mode, confirming for sure that portraiture or anything even close would not be a path to personal happiness! My hat goes off to those painters who welcome the commission challenge and make it work for them.
In contrast to the balloon girl, below is one created from my photos, done simply because I liked the light effect and pose. The piece evokes a certain je ne sais quoi -- that elusive quality that makes for a better painting (and thus a happier me).
Solo, 16 x 12