I’ve painted these birch trees quite a few times, but I still love it. This one was done for someone who wanted to commission a specific size. We talked about what she wanted out of the painting, and I shared several images of different views of these birches over the last few years so I could know what was appealing to her. There was also a specific size to work in, so that the painting would fit perfectly in it’s spot.
Commission paintings can be a challenge. It’s hard to paint freely while also painting for one specific customer. Usually I paint whatever I want to and just wait for the right person to find the painting. With a commission I have to figure out what the client expects from me, while also making a painting that is something that I consider my own, that I can be proud of. This painting is one of the times that painting for someone else met up perfectly with painting for myself. This canvas is 32×30″.