Friday, February 15, 2013

A Bouquet for Love

I am always thrilled and honored when I receive a commission.  Although they bring some measure of stress, it is wonderful to be challenged with your art in a way that doesn't always give you complete freedom.

A little while ago I received a request for a painting.  My patron wanted to give his wife a bouquet of flowers for Valentines Day, but wanted them to be endearing. Her wanted her to have something that would be special to both of them, so he asked me to do a painting that contained a selection of the flowers that were most special to both of them.

Each of the flowers he chose had a sacred, love filled meaning to them both. Representative of times together, places they visited, and moments they shared. It was beautiful and inspiring and I was so happy to do it.

The challenge for me was that two of the wild flowers he chose were not known to me.  That always makes me nervous because before I paint a floral work, I like to see the flowers in context, to touch and feel them, to see them in their natural surrounds, bathed in sunlight and dancing in the breeze.  But given it is the middle of winter here in Iowa, there is a distinct lack of wild flowers so I had to research and use photo reference.

To cut a long story short, he presented his beautiful wife with the painting for Valentines Day and I was deeply moved by her response to it.  It is between them and this painting is now a symbol of their love, life, and memories. But let me say that nothing could give me more joy and honor than to do something like this.

This painting, I have called "Wildflower Memories" was done in Twinkling H2O's - luminescent watercolors, pen & ink so it's glittery, shimmery, and dances as you look at it, like the flowers are actually moving. Thank you AH for the opportunity.

Thanks for checking in. xx


  1. Absolutely fantastic!!

    Technical question if you don't mind: Did you use mask for the white or a white pen?

    1. Thank you for your comment. For this piece I used masking fluid for the white space. Hugs xx

  2. Absolutely beautiful!


  3. This is amazingly beautiful!!!!! What a great Valentine to receive. Your client made a great choice in commissioning you.

  4. My Gosh Dion, this is just beautiful, one of the best pieces I've ever seen from you. The coloration is just stunning. I think getting a commission would be so fantastic, what an honor to do this painting. Beautiful, just beautiful.

  5. this is just beautiful... will be a treasured piece for sure... love your sense of colour... even in the depths of winter!!!

  6. This is such a beautiful painting and a really lovely story behind it. What a wonderful man to think of such a romantic gesture for his wife. You have captured that feeling perfectly.

    When you use the masking fluid, do you use a fine brush? I can't seem to get it to make thin enough lines.

    1. Hi Vonny, yes, she is a lucky woman to have such a thoughtful husband.

      I use a rubber colour shaper to apply the mask. It is like a paint brush only with a rubber stump instead of fibers. It works really well for fine lines. I sometimes use a plastic toothpick for the really fine lines as well. I hope this helps.

      Hugs xx

    2. Thanks so much for that Dion, I will have to try and get one and a plastic toothpick.

  7. This is such beautiful painting. And the story behind it is beautiful, too.

  8. hello,
    i know these flowers in the wild
    bathed in sunlight
    and you have honored them beautifully in your gorgeous magical painting.


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