So i was commissioned to paint this one quite a while back and i was so happy when the day came that i reached it on my waiting list! It consists of two vintage photos, one set of parents to one individual from the couple commissioning it, and the other photo is the other set of parents. Actually, the set on the left is my husbands late grandma and grandpa, makes completing this painting extra special. Both photos were wedding photos which adds a fun element, besides the fact that i LOVE vintage photos. Usually i find it really difficult to paint older photos due to their poor contrasts (usually super high) and lighting, and just the damage that they gather over time with fading, but these photos are actually not that bad. The challenge is to get them all onto one painting without them looking like they are just floating there, create one from two. I think i have come up with a good plan of attack and am fully ready to conquer this commission! ........finished it!
Well it's all finished! Fianly! I can honestly say that i have been looking forward to this day for a long time. There are just those times, you know the moment you start a certain piece that it will be a LONG ride! It certainly was for this puppy! The background was super tricky for me to decide on. I ended up going with the bright red to pop the Perogie and the skulls. It was totally not how i was picturing it but ya know, that's just how they turn out sometimes. A few people have actually said that the texture reminds them of pomegranate seeds, which i can see as well now! haha - At the bottom i have included some photos of the medium i had to mix up, soooo many containers of it, and also an intense workout for the arm mixing it all up. It so closely resembled icing, wanted to eat some very badly!