The secret commission is done, but still can’t be revealed. I was two-timing while working on it, as it was somewhat of a rush project. I wanted to start the last drawing of the four Carroll Cottage paintings, and took advantage of the time it was taking for paint to dry on the “secret” to hike across the room to my drawing table and start #4.
Here’s the “secret”–still can’t tell what it is, but is sure has a heck of a lot more color!
It seems like a sort of musical chairs version of landscape painting has taken place during the selection of each version of the cottage paintings. In the first one, there was a really nice water feature. We traded water for a really nicely lit grass feature in #2. The grass gave way to a huge pile of leaves in #3, and now–wait for it–there will be no grass, no water, no leaves. But yes, piles of snow and totally naked trees. Sunshine is gone for the most part too. So stick around and see how the drawing fills in!
Finally, since I was so good at two-timing the past couple of weeks, I will be doing it again as soon as I finish my little Christmas break. Got another horse portrait commission yesterday!