|'Northern Skies' - impasto acrylic on canvas - 30cm x 24cm|
I was delighted to receive a commission for a painting of the northern lights, not least because they're one of my absolute favourite skies to paint. I also loved the story behind the commission because it reminded me of the kind of thoughtful thing that S would do for me.
My painting will either serve as a consolation prize if they don’t happen to see them in real life during their visit or, and I really hope this is the case, as a colourful reminder of a thoughtful surprise trip which will result in her being able to tick one wonderful natural phenomenon of her bucket list!
|Just to put the size into context|
I had started this several weeks ago and then of course my arm was out of commission so I got stuck into it just before our holiday and finished it up when we got home. It's similar to the large one I did for above our own fire place but more of a snapshot of that much larger scene which was in turn inspired by one of S's photos of the northern lights on the beach in our village. I’m delighted that the client is really pleased with it and gave me the go ahead to blog about it as there is little possibility of his partner stumbling across my blog and ruining the surprise and because ‘art like this deserves to be seen’ – a lovely comment that made my day!
In other art news, after a summer where wet weather and/or swarms of midge put paid to S’s plans to get my studio finished, work is now back on track! I absolutely love the fact that the majority of the materials have been recycled/upcycled and are therefore both free and environmentally friendly with S only having to buy the wooden posts for the frame and concrete to make sure it’s well secured into the ground so the Caithness winds don’t blow it away! Even the windows have been donated by a friend of his who was going to take them to the dump and today he’s getting a load of Perspex that would otherwise also have been dumped so I can have a ‘skylight’ in the roof for even more light! It already looks good and I can't wait until it's all done with a little pot belly stove in the corner to keep me warm during the cold winter months while I paint to my heart's content without having to pack it all away so I can set the table for dinner!
I'm linking to Paint Party Friday and will look forward to getting my Friday dose of creativity from everyone else at the party!