Commissioned by a Scottish lady
What could you do as an Aunt for a gift to your family members?
A gift you feel will last.
Last longer than the stuff the children play with as seven year olds. A gift that incorporates your past, but is a present for your future.
An Aunt who loves art. An Aunt who believes in and nurtures creativity.
You could begin the process of commissioning a colourful artist to paint your seven nephews and nieces. Favourite photos of yours and theirs (the children and or the parents)that were taken at specific moments in the children's lives.
As the person commissioning the work you have a say in the colours of the paints to be used. Or as this Scottish Aunt did you allow the nephews and nieces to decide what are their favourite colours. After all, this Aunt was not just thinking about THE PRESENT she was to be giving them she was gifting these commissioned works of young children to older children and their parents. Presents that would become gifts in THE FUTURE as 21st. Birthdays occur.
As the artist who has painted four of the seven nieces/nephews so far. I have revelled in the challenge. I have sent numerous emails and had conversations via FaceTime about which photos work best. Which capture the Childs spirit and personality. Where the photo was taken is often important. Who else was present. Grandparents watching on - so they can share in the memory when the completed painting is revealed. As they were there on the day the original pic was shot.
In my work I use symbolism and embed these either behind the final painting in the blocking in, underpainting stages. Or they remain visible like crosses or a homage to tartan. As seen in the second niece painting. I have woven in certain numbers of daisies to represent family members like grandparents living in other countries to the children. But symbolising they are always there with them.
They are the roots these youngsters grew from.
I have received cards of thanks from the children when they have seen the paintings. I have had other Aunts present at a big reveal well up with tears.
All moments that make me the artist love what I have achieved. Knowing these paintings are loved and to be a part of the original models futures is something quite rare and very, very special.
The materials I work with are quality acrylic paints, canvases and varnish so the paintings should last well after the children have turned 21 and the works become theirs.
If client is not happy on completion of painting I would do everything in my power to rectify
With over 40+ commissions created of pets, children, adults and landscapes I have NOT had one unhappy client
My works can be found in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Wales, and the U.S.A