I was able to meet up with the couple who commissioned the “Angel with red hair and pagan symbols” painting at the weekend. I’ve not seen them for about three years we decided as we happily chatted over a cup of tea and caught up with each others news. Firstly being of course the painting that I did for them and their reaction to it. Even though I had spoken to her on the phone just after Christmas, and had an email from him around the same time, it was their facial reactions, and mine, that helped to convey our full reactions to the painting, and the creation of it by me for them. She showed me her phone and her new screen saver which was the painting, it makes an excellent screen saver and means that she can carry the image around with her all the time!
I was also able to ask her about the tattoo design and what its basis was and she said she thought it was ancient Sanskrit so that helped me to understand the background to the importance of the design for her.
She also asked for some of my business cards since a lot of people she knew had asked about me, and might want some artwork of their own doing, so I happily passed over some for her to forward on to her friends and acquaintances. I shall be intrigued to see what this particular painting will instigate in others!
I was also delighted to hear that not only had they redecorated the dining room for the picture to have pride of place (which I already knew about) what I hadn’t appreciated was that the wood panelling that was on the wall had had to be ripped off, and the holes filled and then painted professionally by a painter and decorator before then. It wasn’t a case of just slapping a bit of paint on the walls, it was a whole revamp! So I was even more touched to hear that!!
I was also more than amused when the new owner told me that no one is allowed to touch the painting. Even when they realise that the texture of the wing is done in thick paint, and reach out to touch it, and I smiled and said “It’s fine, its acrylics, it won’t hurt anything as its basically plastic” and she explained very seriously that it was HER painting, and she didn’t want anyone else touching it, and I smiled in understanding. She owned it, it was hers, and she was exercising her right to keep others off it because she felt such an emotional connection and tie to it!