Yesterday an English man came to my Art Studio and ordered a painting from me of his new summer house in Spain, a Christmas present for his wife. The painting, I mean, not the house…
I went there while his wife was out with the dog. I made the photos, we discussed the price, we discussed the technique, and then I had to ask the key question:
“Do you want a realistic representation of your house?”
“Oh yes, of course, totally realistic! We want to hang it at home in England and everybody should see how our Spanish house looks like!”
“Oh merde! ” I thought. To paint a normal house is hard enough, but to paint it realistically, this is quite a nightmare for me. But well, I had to take the commission, I really can´t let clients run away just because I am such a flippy painter!
Luckily, I have my own therapy against this kind of nightmare: today, as an act of vengeance, I painted MY own house in my flippy way, and I can tell you: it looks much more like my house than if I had painted it in the so-called realistic way!