I delivered my commissioned piece to the client this week. The client liked it! I also got it done before Christmas, though as things worked out the client didn’t pick it up until a couple of days after.
There’s a story behind this image. The client wanted this piece as a memorial to a friend who passed away unexpectedly. I had met the friend once myself and thought he was a really nice person. I was saddened to hear the news.
Apparently when I met this friend I must have made an impression. I think we’d gotten to talking about my art somehow. I gave him a business card. I didn’t know it but apparently he intended to hire me to do a portrait of his cats. Unfortunately he never got the opportunity.
So around Thanksgiving the client contacted me and asked if I could do the piece. If I could get it done by Christmas, so much the better.
Of course I said I’d do it. The piece was to be a portrait of the friend’s cats. I asked for some more information and found out that the friend had liked Hawaii, good friends, and wine. I wanted to work at least a couple of those things into the finished piece.
This is what I came up with. I call it Hibiscus.
It took me a while to work out the composition for this one. I was trying to avoid having both cats in similar poses. I thought it might make the image too static.
I used the yellow hibiscus flower to balance the composition. It also happens to be the state flower of Hawaii. The mountain range in the background is on Oahu. The wine bottle adds a little weight to the other side of the image.
I now have Hibiscus prints available in the website store.