According to Wikipedia, Eildon Hill lies just south of Melrose in the Scottish Borders although it is usually referred to as 'The Eildons' because of its three peaks. I must confess to never having heard of the Eildons until recently when I received my first ever landscape commission.
The brief was wonderfully unrestricted. I was advised of the predominant colour scheme of the décor of the room in which it would be hung, but other than that I was given free rein to have at it and paint my own interpretation of the reference photo I was provided with.
|Close up of the Eildons|
Doing this was so very different from painting a custom pet portrait because obviously then the onus is on ensuring that you capture the personality and looks of the animal whereas with a landscape it's so open to interpretation and ten different artists could be given the same photograph and come up with ten totally different paintings. Then of course it all comes down to personal taste - the lady who commissioned it had already purchased one of my tiny easel paintings and was familiar with my style and I'm delighted that she loved the final piece because I really had so much fun painting it.
|Another close up!|
In other news, I won the artist category of the Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards 2015 with my Wind Farm painting!! All the other category winners were at the event in Glasgow on Thursday 28 May and were presented with their awards at the time but as it's a 6 & 1/2 hour drive to Glasgow from here I wasn't able to make it so I only found out I'd won when I saw a tweet from Scottish Renewables the following morning!
|The tweet (favourited by me and my brother-in-law!!)|
S has said he will collect my award for me when he is next in Glasgow as apparently it's very heavy and therefore tricky to post! Anyway, lack of physical award notwithstanding, I'm chuffed to have won!
Thanks for popping by and be sure to also pop by Paint Party Friday later in the week to see what everyone else has been up to.