If I haven't been blogging since January it's because I'm too busy painting!
In the end I made two Durdle Door paintings for the commission and to my delight - and relief - my nice client decided he would like to buy both.
Commissions are wonderful when you get them and then the initial joy disintegrates into an agony of self doubt and worry. It doesn't matter how much you enjoy making the painting, - you still agonise over whether the commissioner will like the finished work.
The commission agony has now been transferred to worry about my upcoming show. It's not a good way to paint because painting has to come from the heart and from a deep desire to do what you do no matter what the method or the end result. Producing work to order can be very inhibiting so I am having to keep telling myself that I must just immerse myself in whatever i am doing and enjoy the problem solving without thinking that it has to be framed and hung on May 15th.