Snoose Commission

Snoose Commision 24″X36″

Here is the reason I haven’t posted anything but sketchbook stuff in a while. I’ve been working at least five hours a day on this guy, for three weeks…(planning, sketching, etc…) I’ve finally come to the point where I don’t know what the heck else to do with it. I’m always amused by commissions, because they are never how I would choose to paint something. It always seems to be the classic, pose for the camera thing, which I’m personally not fond of, but whatever…So, I’m not really satisfied, which is nothing unusual for me when I finish a painting anyways.  She wants him to look happy…he’s a basset…enough said. I don’t know if I succeeded or not. 
The color in this photo is not great, so ignore that. Otherwise, anyone have any great constructive criticism?? I would be thrilled to hear from you. Cheers!

Basset Hound Portrait

                                             Bassett Hound Portrait — commission study

Here’s my first study for my up and coming commission for a 24″ x36″ painting of a Bassett Hound. I like how the drawing turned out, so I thought I’d post it for my sketch followers…His name is Snoos, (I don’t know how to spell it) and he was well loved, but unfortunately passed away recently. His lovely owner is heartbroken, and wants a memoir, and I’m happy to paint him. He looks like he was a darling.

Bella Coola Floods, Painting Workshops and Commissions

Well, a bloody lot has happened since I last posted, and that was only a little over a week ago.

Sorry to keep you waiting, but I have a good reason. Mainly that my town, Bella Coola, with it’s one highway leading into it, has been hit with a devastating flood. The road is out in innumerable places, and it could be weeks or months before it is open…and I am on the other side. I can’t get home.

(Our main highway through town…that’s the gas station.)

  Bailey Bridge

Firvale

But, on to better news: The reason I was out of town when the flood happened is because I was having an opening at a gallery in Quesnel, and teaching a painting workshop, and those were successful. Here are a few of my students, working really hard. Great paintings, ladies!

And, lastly, the good thing about being stuck out here, I scored a great commission to paint someone’s dear deceased dog, and I’m pretty excited to get that underway.  All of the time spent stuck in Quesnel could lead to a lot more work, teaching and otherwise, so that’s all good. I just wish that I could see my hubby and my friends, and help with all of the rebuilding. I feel so far away from everyone. My heart goes out to them. 

Commissions!!

I’m back…I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since my last post. Talk about inconsistent posting! I’m going to have to change the name of my blog soon if I don’t get back on track somehow. I’m very sorry to anybody who actually follows this thing. It seems that it has taken much longer for me to adjust to being back in Bella Coola than I thought it would. Right now I feel like my life isn’t my own! I’m taxi cab, housekeeper, maid, servant, gardener, wife, toddler entertainer extraordinaire. I can’t remember the last time I had a day to myself, or a minute for that matter, unless I’m sleeping, which doesn’t seem to be happening very much lately either. I can’t remember how I had the energy to pull off a painting a day before I went to Hawaii, either.

Well, enough excuses for now (although valid!) I have been doing art though! I am well into one of my Barkerville pieces, although I’m keeping this one secret until I’m done, and I’ve been totally absorbed in a commissioned piece for the last month. I think I’ve re-started four times now.
RULE NUMBER ONE–When it comes to commissions always, always, always, did I say always? make sure you know exactly what the customer wants! Don’t let them say, (like I did), “oh, just go with it, we trust your judgment”. As nice as this feels initially, and as good for the ego as it may be, DON’T DO IT! Always get an exact idea of what the customer wants. Do sketches, a gazillion of them if you have to, until you get it right. Show the customer all of them, and let them pick.
I have been hired to do the poster for the 10th annual Discovery Coast Music Festival, here in Bella Coola. We get some really great acts for such a small town so be sure to check it out if you’re in the area.

Anyways, they told me to “run with it” and I’ve been running for a month now, trying to get it right, not following my own good advice. I spent a week on the original idea, which was then rejected because it had a Viking in it, which may apparently be taken the wrong way from the native population here?? I didn’t know I was making a political statement, just a pretty poster, nonetheless, it hit the scrap pile…then I started throwing a few more ideas around.

The one in the picture above is my second attempt, which I think is pretty darn cool considering I’m not a graphic artist at all, but it wasn’t “colorful” enough…another two days down the drain. There was another one in there too that hit the recycle bin, and now the one that I’m working on presently, which should be done by tomorrow. So…if I can get it together enough by then to do another post, I’ll show the finished artwork.