This commission was finished at least a week ago but the logistics of the surprise presentation to the recipient had still to be worked out. So as much as I wanted to share, I couldn’t without spoiling the surprise.
I mentioned in my last (actually the first and only) post about this commission that it was special and now I can tell you why.
Reva is my horse Charm’s last foal, all grown up now and owned by a very nice gal named Beth, whose wonderful husband Dillon wanted to make her dream of a beautiful stall plate for Reva come true.
It just so happens that Reva occupies the stall right next to her mama Charm, and Charm has her similar style stall plate hanging on her door for a few years now. As luck would have it, Beth had her eye on one like that, and on another same style one across the aisle that I had also done.
So I get a message from Dillon, “How can I get one of these?” Easy, you give me a good photo and you pay me. Ah, but photo, photo, Where art thou? Enter Serendipity. I remembered seeing a nice large collection of photos Beth had had someone take which she posted on, where else, Facebook. There were enough variations that I could choose the perfect one to fit the portrait’s oval shape. A right-click with the mouse and I stole it!
I will jump ahead here and just briefly say that elves hung the stall plate when they knew Beth would not be at the barn, and when she did show up the whole family was there to see her excitement.
So for the curious, here’s a quick rundown of how the stall plate came into being.