This is a custom piece I created working with my client Robin. She wanted a special painting for the master bedroom in pretty blues and grays. We decided on a personalized painting with a medallion layout incorporating all things special to Robin. First, she comprise a list of everything she wanted put into the painting starting with her “family” to the P-3 airplane she piloted while in the Navy and every wonderful thing in between.
I was recently commissioned to create a very special painting for my client Amy’s home. This piece needed to capture her families love of music and the memory of Amy’s “first dance” with her husband Tim on their wedding day. She was originally thinking a mural, but after we discussed other options we decided on a dyptich style painting. This piece would be featured on their living/music room focal wall.
We started by listing everything she wanted incorporated into the painting. The sheet music from their first dance, “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel, the scroll patterned on Amy’s gown and wedding cake, the keyboard from the family piano, the roses from her bouquet and the harlequin pattern and colors from the rug grounding the room. from there I drew up a rough black and white sketch and color palette to review with her before I put the first brush strokes into the canvases.
Amy, Tim and their children love the new addition to the room, capturing their love of music! This was the fourth project Amy commissioned me to create for their home.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Amy and I always look forward to our next collaboration!
What I love most about this painting was actually the process of creating it — it was a true family collaboration.
My client Amy, enlisted her husband Tim to give ideas of want he was looking for in this painting. He suggested a Celtic cross to represent their faith along with meaningful words that were important to him and Amy. Family, love, faith, loyalty, compassion, courage and joy. These are all traits Tim said he wanted his family to have and wanted incorporated into the painting.
With that in mind, I went to work and painted this medallion with the family’s names, dates and “family values” hidden in the vines around the cross. I painted it in custom colors that would bring the room together and it is now the focal piece in their family room.
This is a hand painted medallion design with hidden family names and important dates done for the Cahill family of Philadelphia.
Here you can see more of the detail: