This was a fun job. The client provided a beautifully designed old photo (all I had to do was
remove a few strangely positioned chickens that didn't quite make sense, visually), but wanted
to see a painting in full color. Well, I know about as much about farms and chickens as I
do about brain surgery (OK, I probably know more about brain surgery), but I
thought that perhaps a generally "Rosy Light" throughout the picture would be emotionally
appropriate (looking at the past, as we all do, through "rose-colored glasses"), visually
pleasing, and cleverly disguise the fact that I don't have the first clue about what colors
you actually see on a farm.
I think the client and I were both happy with the result (please note how the subtle manipulation of the values directs your attention to the woman). This painting actually took 2 weeks to complete, but I was under an unchangable deadline (they weren't going to postpone the wedding just so I could finish the bride's present to the groom) and working quite a bit harder than I really want to; this is more properly a 3-week project. For more complicated projects like this, I often do a 10" x 7" full-color sketch to make sure I know what the painting wants to be (or what it doesn't want to be); I gave away the sketch for this picture before photographing it, but you can get an idea of what I'll provide to you for approval from this sketch I did for The Blue and the Red.
A similar project can be seen here.
16" x 24" - US$ 2500
20" x 30" - US$ 4000
The Entrance Foyer to
The Goddess Art of Jonathon Earl Bowser