..are what these two latest personal commissions are all about.
Amy commissioned me for her own special birthday… “You know what I like Debbie, and I like your glass… chickens and tractors… I trust you,” was pretty much how it went!
Aww, a dream of a wee job. Amy lives in Silverdale; her family farm at Gibraltar Farm and, live on the Green in domestic bliss. I wandered around her wee patch of paradise and without having to use too much(!) artistic license came up with her idyllic scene.
I like to use local crock and found bits stuff in my work if I can, so I was delighted to hunt out some perfect pieces of pottery and salvaged metal bits. The lead geese and gates were found whilst ratching in an antique shop. The trailer and ‘wheel’ were excavated by Dave, my metal-tecting neighbour and the crock was found by me down on the shore over the years… How cool, I found a bit of pot with Amy’s hubby’s name on it – James! (from an old Keiller marmalade pot).
And I had fun making the wired washing flapping on the line…my favourite bit.
Detail was added with paint.. Gibraltar Farm offer raw milk from their lovely dairy cows and Amy also ‘invented’ the delicious Gibraltar Farm ice-cream.. It doesn’t get any better than a scoop of their vanilla, sat on the bench overlooking Morecambe Bay.
Oh, and I gave you a sneak preview of my other personalised commission at the end of the previous post…
A 25th Wedding Anniversary gift that pulled together lots of important places for the happy couple. Hee-hee… quite a bit of artistic license needed here to link home and Rivington Pike in Lancashire, Stirling Castle in Scotland and the Prom and holiday home in Arnside. Even managed to squeeze in a couple of cyclists as they are mad keen on biking too!
Even more happy days….