This acrylic, large scale painting on canvas was commissioned by someone who wanted a painting similar to what I had done years ago as a watercolor on a full sheet of watercolor paper. I like the muted tones and washes using air brush medium. It has the colors that the woman requested, as well as a slightly Asian feel, which fits into the woman's home of things from China she had inherited from her mother's travels.
Here are some process photos:
I followed this painting up with a en plein air quick 11x14 acrylic, and came home and worked on it some more.
This oil commission definitely presented the most interesting thing I've ever painted--the pug's tongue!
Some process photos:
Some others I have done...
A Canadian publisher had promised work and asked me to illustrate this book 8 years ago. I did all the watercolor illustrations and sent them to Canada, not hearing again until this year, where I received the book and all the original illustrations back. I don't think that the book layout is what I would have chosen or that it will necessarily do well, but I am so thrilled to have my paintings back and have had the experience of doing these paintings! I hope to illustrate more children's books soon. Here's a little overview: