I was fortunate enough to have someone commission me to paint them four small (6"x6") oil paintings with hummingbirds as the subject. Any time someone trusts you with that sort of commission, there is a lot of responsibility and a lot of excitement.
Excitement comes due to the realization that someone appreciates my work so much that they are willing to order four paintings at one time. Excitement comes because it is a subject I haven't done a single painting of. Granted, I have painted hundreds of birds, but hummingbirds, zero, nada, zilch... that is until this week.
The responsibility is grand. I carry with me the pressure to deliver four paintings that they will be proud to display on the walls of their home. I have the pressure to paint four paintings of this new subject, doing justice to this small but beautiful bird. Responsibility comes in delivering a holiday surprise - and not screwing it up!
The series is now complete. I am proud of the work. I feel confident that the new owner(s) of the series will enjoy them for years to come. I also recorded each painting via time lapse video... so please check out my YouTube channel if you want to watch each painting being created!
I have a favorite... Do you?
What's next? I have three more commissions to do! One large painting and another two small paintings! All going to different buyers. I better get crackin'!
Thanks for reading -- Adam
Above is a time lapse video of me painting one of the four hummingbird paintings.
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