Most often the work I struggle with is art for a friend, probably because I put even more pressure on myself than usual to product something good, something they will love, something they won't regret paying for !!
In the parameters of a commissioned piece there are usually colour, size and image constraints. This of course is the way it is meant to be. But for me it means I take longer, put it aside more often and generally work harder. Which is good for my own personal growth.
This piece I worked with additional care, love and the occasional "oh my gosh these are REALLY not my colours" as it was for a very supportive friend, who is always cheering me on. We all need someone like that in our lives, and I am so grateful for her.
so onto the art.
See REALLY not my colours :) The cool thing is that this particular friend loves everything shabby, pink and French.... I just happen to have a husbad who had recently returned from Paris bringing with him a handful of tickets, maps and ther ephemera = PERFECT.
By the time I finished with it, I was really really happy. It's good to be stretched.
Then because this particular friend had been taking my girls to a local church every morning for the entire week to a holiday program and dropping them home, a thankyou gift was in order.
Which was perfect timing because I wanted to get my technique perfected for the pretty jewellry pieces I will be stocking.
She was so happy :) and that made my day.