I've been a busy beaver the last few days.

I have a client that is going through a time of personal growth in her life, and as part of the new-life celebration she commissioned a piece of artwork. it combines a few things that she places some symbolism with although I wouldn't be able to tell you what those symbols mean. Here's what I came up with:

 

 

Maybe it's because the creativity is guided, or maybe it's because it's not entirely my original idea but sometimes commissioned work feels a little like cheating. Is that normal for an artist to feel that way? There are points when I'll call up a friend and spout off a few things and wait for a response, as I often need at least a little inspiration, but something about the specifics of content, colour, and placement being decided for me seems not quite right.. it has a very appealing side in that I'm not responsible for those decisions, but at the same time, it's a bit of a odd feeling. I suppose I just haven't done many commissioned works, so that might be it.

Regardless, I'm quite happy to  bring this blast of colour to the world, and to her world especially.