The commission piece is complete, and has been approved by the client! I am very happy with the way it has turned out - it is quite impressive since it is so large (41 x 26 inches).
In order to keep the viewer's main focus on the vase and the flowers, I made the wicker love seat in that background more abstract, which contrasts with the reality of the flowers and vase as well as the wicker table that the vase sits on. This is the same as I have done with the abstract hay bale and the realistic hawks in "Sharp Shinned Hawks", the background leaves versus the realistic berries and foreground leaves in "Saskatoons" and the vegetation outside the window versus the child, Sydney, in "The Wonder of Sydney".
The plan is to have a white mat and a low profile black metal frame for Red Tulip Day. The client has a black leather couch, and the frame will look great on their wall, which contains one of the colors in the wood planking. The white matting will maintain the light, airy feel that this painting has.
I have been invited to travel to their home to see the "installation" of this piece, but a 12 hour drive each way and a full time job might mean that I have to forego the pleasure. Sigh! I know they will send me a picture of it in its permanent location, once they return from their overseas trip and hang it.
If you are interested in commissioning a similar piece, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org