Creative Vertigo


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She's finished!  At last!  A few months ago, a woman from my church asked me to create an identity portrait for her daughter (to learn more about my custom identity portraits, click here).  After we met and discussed what she wanted, I felt excited to begin . . . and then procrastinated working on the portrait for the next two months.  Deadlines are powerful motivators, however, and so after a few weeks of hard work, praying, and persistence . . . I finished the portrait!


I am really quite proud of how this turned out.  This is the first time that I've ever created a custom identity portrait for a person that I have not met, so it was quite a unique challenge -- and one that created more than a little stress.  On top of that, this commission was the first that I'd taken for which I charged the "full price" that I felt honored my work on the portrait.  I felt afraid that I wouldn't be able to deliver a product that was worth the price tag, and feared if my church friend felt my work was not worth the price that our relationship would be permanently damaged.


Really, I need not have worried, because I would never deliver a portrait that was not created with buckets of love, prayer, and attention (and, um, a hefty dose of perfectionism!).  And because I poured myself into this painting, lingering over the smallest details, of course it turned out well.  And not only well -- I love the finished product!  My favorite part of the process is watching the artwork unfold beyond your own plans . . . although that does involve a bit of creative vertigo along the way!


All that to say -- she's finished!  My latest identity portrait is finished, designed with my church friend's daughter in mind, created to encourage and uplift.  And not only is my church friend pleased, but I find that I am lifted up by the entire experience as well, vertigo and all.


Care to follow along with the process? Here's what happened:


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What an adventure!  I stitched this mixed media identity portrait together with with acrylic paint, watercolor crayons, graphite, marker, gel pen, lace, ribbon, paper flowers, ephemera, and, of course, lots and lots of love.




What has your latest [vertigo-inducing] experience been?

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