“Contentment” – a commission

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”

An IG artist told me last year that I should accept Commissions and stop rejecting them, and to regard the mission as a way to improve my skill, build an audience and share my developing talent with others.

It’s easy to become swept away with flattery, but there is a lot to keep in mind before accepting a commission. Historically, I don’t handle flattery well but making my account public in May has helped me to accept praise with more gratitude rather than suspicion.

Logic cannot explain why I decided to accept this commission for an ex-colleague’s 40th birthday present from her mother.

A commission is a personalised experience that is different for everyone. In my case, I was lucky. I was pleased that the painting needed to be reasonably large to provide a focal point in the room. I struggle with smaller artworks. This is BIG for me!

My client’s main specifications were twofold: the painting should be a landscape to reflect the walks she enjoys; to include some of the purple found in the curtains of the recently renovated lounge.


Close to me, is an area dear to us – The National Trust’s “Devil’s Punchbowl” where the heathland and light change with the seasons. I opted for a view of the early flourish of heather on one of the hillsides. Once, I did some planning, to my surprise, I found I was enjoying it. I had also been given free rein to employ any style I wished.

I slipped between my two eclectic stools. I had thought the end result would be an abstract but knowing my client’s more conservative leanings, the palette knife instinct prevented me.