I was very honored and privileged to have been asked by a dear friend (and one of my collectors) to try and re-create one of my early bird paintings. Mind you, it sold a couple of years ago but it still is strong in her memory. I told her it might not be exactly the same, but I could use the same reference photo and we would see what happened.
Well, I’m not unhappy with it. I hope she likes it too. Needs a few weeks to finish drying and then it will get a coat of a retouch varnish and framed.
Here is the original reference photo I took.
Here is the original painting she remembered:
And here is the new version:
You can really see the glare from the wet paint on this guy’s body. In a few days that will die down. There is a lot more viridian in this new painting and a lot more ultramarine blue in the one from two years ago.
Here they are all side by side:
Hope she likes it.
This may not be a masterpiece, but I think I’m getting better as a painter.
Now to figure out how to get a few portrait commissions…
3 thoughts on “A Little Commission”
Both are lovely. My mom collected small bird paintings. She would have loved this one.
Thank you! The birds continue to fascinate me. My artist brain is trying to figure out how to bring the birds into my portrait and figurative work at this point.
Both versions are beautiful. Your collector is sure to be very pleased!
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