There is something exciting and stressful about delivering a commission to a client. The joy of finishing is always there, but that nagging feeling of “will it be what they had in mind? “, and “will it bring them the same joy it gave me while I was painting it?” “Did I capture the essence of what was shared by the client” and the most ridiculous concern “Is it to big to fit in the car with three children?”
All these questions and insecurities play out each time delivery day approaches. Today was delivery day, no matter how much prayer goes into the process I always have the butterflies on delivery day.
This time I was entrusted with capturing the essence of a marriage venue. The place where a new family began . Ironically on the same day my own husband and I took our vows just a few years earlier.
My heart sings now with this kind of responsibility. That God would allow me to paint others memories is such a gift to me. And yet I feel a huge sense of responsibility, which is why praying has become so important to me in the process.
For this painting I didn’t have complete piece when I sent a preview of the final piece to the couple, and was pleased to have feedback for one final detail, a small detail, but for them something that encapsulated the vision and memory of the day. I think I new it needed something else, but couldn’t put my finger on it. The venue was a small chapel on a vineyard, however I had not referenced any of the vineyards vines. So with a few brush strokes, that evening finally felt confident in the final piece, and ready to deliver.
I’ll post both versions of it for you to see for yourselves, a little change but one that made the difference between a nice painting and a personal one.