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Half way and back to another half

wc 1 (2)Whilst I am more than half way through the second of the set of new paintings, I thought I’d get on with another painting, this one a commission. I try to get commisisons done as soon as I can, since I never know what work is going to come in and like to keep on top of works in progress. Ideally I like to do one painting, then the next one, but its not always possible. However I paint a picture, it doesn’t get shown or released to a client until I am one hundred percent happy with it. But, it was right to start on the commisson since it is a needed for November as a Christmas gift and gives the client more than enough time to get it to a framer. And since I have the mindset and plan of the other painting I am working on, I know I can easily get back into it when I have completed the commission…..  

This  commission painting is a watercolour of a lovely old stone church and the client has asked for something I’ve never been asked to do before. He wants to see it half way though the painting process. Having drawn out the image from the excellent photos he sent me, I have covered every part of it with paint although I will probably go over some parts again, and know that others will have lots more details put into them.  He hasn’t said that he wants to “ok” it from the photo I have sent, so I presume he’s just interested to see it half way done. But I’m not going to show it here, since the client who is paying for it hasn’t seen the finished painting or given permission for me to show it as yet.

I’m really enjoying doing it, I love watercolours and the way the white of the paper shows through their lovely transluscent colours. And old stonework is always wonderful to paint in watercolours, showing the aged mellow stone contrasting beautifully with the green of the foliage around it.


And just as I was about to publish this blog post I got an email from the client….

I love it!!!!

It instantly says to me ‘this is the church’: v recognisable – no mean feat, given that so many churches look similar. 

Proceed further, can’t wait to see it when it’s fully done!

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