Wedding Morning, 30 x 15
Well, of course I agreed to do a painting for a friend to give as a wedding present. The couple in question married last fall, and the family friend saw the photos online; she loved the shot of the wedding dress hanging in the window, with the landscape behind. I said, sure, that I would do this, from a tiny photo online. Needless to say, I should have considered matters a bit more before agreeing to the project! The photo above is the second entire painting done of this subject, and this one is better than the first, but ay yi yi!! Hopefully, I have learned the lesson (once again) that people-pleasing and painting are not necessarily compatible.
It is of course, impossible to read the minds of others, and creating a painting from nebulous source material in a fashion that may or may not appeal to the well-intentioned donor, nevermind the eventual recipient, is too crazy to even decipher. So of course, I tried to do exactly that, and ended up spending WAY too much time and effort. I truly believe that the next time such an "opportunity" arises, I will be able to graciously decline!