Working on a piece like that is kind of like having a child. You know every intricate detail of the painting, every hidden secret and emotion, and you see yourself in it. And you can step back and marvel at something you created. Something that didn't exist before and now does exist, only because of you. And then it's a little hard to let go of. But luckily the couple that commissioned me to do this piece are 2 of my favorite people and this thing is going to a great home. Plus I did it specifically for them, they came to me with the concept, told me what they wanted, and I filled in the rest. So I couldn't be happier knowing that it's on their wall and being looked at by them everyday.
If you look close up you'll find all sorts of neat little stuff in here. I glued down pages out of destroyed vintage books and painted over them, all sorts things to look at.
|Progress shot. This piece was very heavy and large, so I had to use a table with a vice built into it to hold it straight up and down while I painted. Stubbed my toe on the legs of that table many times during the course of painting on it.|
|Progress shot showing how large the owl's head was compared to my own.|
|Progress shot as I was finishing the castle.|