BUT, she doesn't accept payment for cutting hair, since she's not a licensed hair stylist. And I wouldn't let her cut my hair for entirely free either. So we set up a barter-- she would cut my hair, and I would make her a piece of art.
When it came time for choosing an art piece/theme-- she didn't know what to suggest, and simply asked me to make what I thought was best. Which actually works out well for me, because it's what I call the "Surprise Me!" Commission.
It's where someone gives me an amount of their choosing to make art, but gets no say in what I choose to make-- I have absolute and total artistic say in the piece, and then I send it to them. They have paid for a piece of art, but don't know what they are going to get. It's a surprise. And the fun thing is that it's as much a surprise for me as it is for them. I am fortunate to that all my surprise me commission have outright astound and delight the recipient (: I hope this trend continues!
So back to this piece. I know that she is an avid, dyed in the crimson, Alabama fan. So I thought I'd make her a piece to celebrate that.
What follows is a series of progression images while I painted the elephant. You'll notice that I've only drawn out rough shapes-- that's because I free hand paint my patterns in my henna like pieces.
|I also added a picture with my teeny tiny paint brush that I use for all of the painting, as the paper towel that helps keep my lines sharp by not allowing too much paint on my brush.|
When I gave her the final piece, she was ecstatic (:
But I also know that she isn't the only proud Alabama fan, so I made it available to others as a reproduction (just click on the image below and it'll take you to the proper link):
|"Alabama Proud" by Janin Wise|
Acrylic on board. 6" x 9"