I'm patently rubbish at writing a blog, but I'd like to share a recent commission on here, as it was a joyful experience, and also illustrates how I do commissions. The clients wanted two paintings for their twin granddaughters' Christening; the paintings are to belong one each to each of the girls, and will be with them as they grow and then go with them when they are all grown up and heading out into the world and their own lives. So the challenge was to create something that would appeal both to small girls and grown up women, and also to be similar to but also distinct from one another. The project started with back and forth emails about the clients' vision, the work of mine they like (they already had bought work of mine in the past), the girls' names, the feelings they wanted me to capture in the paintings. Then came the sketching out of ideas, sharing these with the client and getting their feedback. Two ideas were finally decided upon and the paintings were commenced. Throughout painting (working on both paintings at once so as to achieve a similar light and feel in each), I updated Cindy with regular images so that she and her husband could see how they were progressing, and make any comments they felt the need to.