Interesting Commission / by Karen Matheis

I had an interesting commission this month.  One of my paintings was destroyed in a client's house fire.  The painting was very dear to the owner who asked if I could replace the painting. 

I agreed to the commission, but soon realized that recreating a painting was more difficult than it appeared.  The colors of the painting were made by a process of layering.  Although I had kept a few notes while painting the original, it is unclear about the methodology of the layering.  Additionally, trees and other landscape in this painting were mere gestures with simple lines, and to recreate these proved to be challenging.  

In the end, I achieved my goal for this commission. Although nothing can replace an original, I think the end result is satisfying, and captures the spirit of the original.  I hope that this painting can bring joy to my client.