Saturday, January 3, 2009
"Lunch in Italy" oil 30" x 40"
In writing to an artist friend this week (I'll leave them anonymous for now), I learned that they had recently completed a commission based on a client photo but with the addition of a great deal of imagination...for starters, the photo was taken at mid day but the requested painting was for a sunset! (In my book this is one talented painter who can pull that off!) This got me to thinking about commissions in general (and wondering, among other things, how one might attract more, because some prepaid work at this point would be lovely)!
At any rate, I started looking at a few of the commissions I've done over the years, and this one came to mind as a good starting post. The client came to me with several rolls of snapshots of a trip to Italy, where he had proposed to his girlfriend. I was allowed to pick and choose among them, and recreate a place I had not yet been to (though I did make a trip to Italy some years later). There was a fair amount of invention in this as well; although the cat is one of many they photographed in Cinque Terre (and as anyone who's been there will tell you, there's no shortage of feline subject matter), the wine and food were largely fabricated. The wall also underwent some painterly restructuring, though it is based on some actual wall. As a finishing touch, the wife's name and year of 'vintage' were added to the bottle in an elegant script.