This past, almost 2 years, has been emotionally and physically exhausting and trying on the entire family. So much so in fact, I am surprised I got anything creative done at all. I have a collector in Washington D.C. and he asked me a year ago if I would do a commission of a Berkel Slicer for his gourmet kitchen. Ooookay. Sure.
Yes, that was about a year ago. I just finished the painting. He is very, very, very patient. I was not sure if I should start posting again here on Raisin Toast, or just let it slide. As I said, it's been a rough time for our family. But, here I am.
So, without getting into the details of the last two years, let's just say I want to celebrate the completion of this commissioned painting. I don't paint in realism, so this was challenging and fun for me at the same time. I am very proud of the outcome.
Here is the final image of the painting. "Berkel Slicer" 36x24 Oil on hand stretched canvas.
The painting in progress. Actually, the red in this image is more true to the actual painting than the bright red in the final image.
We decided to do a reflection of the U.S. Capitol in the wheel.
And that's it! Painting the steel blade was actually easier than I thought it would be.
The story behind this painting is interesting. Scott, the gentleman whom I am painting this commission, is in finance in Washington D.C. He and his wife traveled to Italy on their 5th wedding anniversary. While there, Scott fell in love with a Berkel Slicer that he saw being used by a chef. Scott enjoys cooking and would love to have this meat slicer in his own kitchen, but there is nowhere to put it. So, since he can't have the real thing, he asked me to paint him this one to hang in his gourmet kitchen.
I hope you like my painting!