It’s difficult for me not to criticize my own work. And don’t even ask me to brag about myself (although I’m getting mildly better at it.) We all know the saying, “you are your own worst critic.” But it’s so true. I often wonder when I work on a piece for someone, if they will truly enjoy it and be proud to put it in their home. But when a friend asks me to, I never turn them down. Such an honor!
I call this, art on demand. It’s my favorite way to be creative. And here’s how it goes down. A client has a space. A wall. An empty spot that needs a piece of art. I take a look at their space, style, colors, favorite things, hobbies and even their passions. Then I put all of that into a design I create just for them.
This is what I did for my friend Dawn.
She recently re-did her upstairs area and was in need of some new things to fill the space. Looking back, I’m not even sure if she asked, but I jumped at the chance to create something for her.
My first session resulted in many hours and ended up like this. The two symbols both mean “new beginnings” – both meaningful to both of our lives right now. I incorporated her favorite colors, orange and yellow.
Then I added some mixed media – some actual photographs I’ve taken as well as magazine clippings.
Then I added more color, to add dimension.
Then more layers. Which resulted in the finished product below. You can see that I added my signature silver (sometimes I use gold instead), which makes it pop when the light hits it.
What do you think? Who wants to hire me? [Wink face emoji here]