Finished this commission last night and thought I would share it in two parts. I received six photos and some idea of what they wanted. The two dogs on the ground were looking up at Thanksgiving turkey about to be served in the photo I used and the two dogs in the ovals are faithful companions they recently lost. I decided to use the ovals as I have seen in old art work. The squirrel in the tree and the back ground were from photos of their back yard. Sometimes the composition is the biggest challenge of a commission because there are several things that the client wants in the drawing or painting. I always ask a lot of questions in hopes that I can let the drawing tell a story.  They wanted it in oil but there was no way to have it done for a Christmas this year. I hope to deliver it by tomorrow.

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Comment by Dianne Ilka on December 20, 2011 at 10:09pm

Fantastic work!  I'm sure they will be very pleased.

Comment by Mike Ivey on December 21, 2011 at 1:15am

Delivered commission of dogs this evening. She loved it. Within an hour I received this email:   "Mike, when I returned to the apartment I looked at the drawing more closely. The amount of detail is phenomenal! Every time I look at it I see something that I didn't see before. It is truly exceptional. Thanks again for getting it done before Christmas. I couldn't give my daughter a better gift. I would be happy for you to use my name as a very satisfied customer! Merry Christmas to you and your family. -- Nancy" 

One of the joys of being an artist!

Comment by Maureen Craddock on December 21, 2011 at 1:44am

congratulations Mike,I'm sure your work would please everyone,you have an amazing talent!

Comment by Mike Ivey on December 22, 2011 at 12:53am

Thanks Susanne. I hope I hear from them. I got a boxer I'm working on now and two double face portraits in oil to start January. Love'n it!

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