This has been a project a long time in the making- two years to be exact. Some of you may remember the two commission pieces that I completed for my dad after his sudden death in 2012. This painting was another of his that he had started and hadn't gotten a chance to complete. This one was a little different in that it was going to go to a family member, my sweet niece, Serena. Like so many of those it's-for-family-so-I-will-get-to-it-sooner-or-later projects, this one has sat on a shelf for two years. Poor Serena! I am sure she has thought that her aunt has completely forgotten about her promise to finish it. But since Serena and her family are visiting my neck of the woods soon, I figured I had better get a move on!
As with the other projects, this was such a neat experience to get to learn from each of my father's brush strokes and color choices. The painting was about half done when I started, and was closer to my subject matter than the other two paintings done in 2012. So it is probably, of the three projects, the best "collaboration" between my dad and I. He loved painting birds, and had a unique style in portraying them that was really his own. But I got to make a lot of color decisions - so bold color it is! For instance, the red flowers were, I believe, originally going to be leaves of some sort. But I felt like the bold flowers were in need. Hopefully he would have been okay that choice.
I again, signed both of our names to the bottom. It has been a while since I have had to forge my dad's name to write a note to the teacher to get out of school, but I don't think I did too bad if I do say so myself. Ha! I chose to put two dates on it - 2012 for the year he completed his part in it, 2014 for the year I finished it. I like to think he would have been happy the end result.