Commissioned Photo/Digital Art

I’ve enjoyed having a reason to get creative with some photos during the last week! These images are two possibilities I have presented to a client who commissioned me to create a piece of art commemorating his retirement. We met at the end of January at the Sugar Creek Art Center to discuss what it was he had in mind for this project.  The most important thing was the inclusion of the quote “The Best Part of Life is When Your Family Becomes Your Friends and Your Friends Become Your Family”. Beyond that requirement we brainstormed a bit as we walked around the center looking at colors, styles and subject matter of different art pieces that were on display.  I came away with a list of several things that were important symbols and memories from his life. Although I knew I couldn’t include all of them on a single piece of art it gave me ideas to work with as I began creating.  I gathered up around 20 different images related to what we had discussed and put them in a folder to draw from when I began combining images.  The first image ended up very muted and calm. I added a layer from a printmaking project to give it some extra texture and interest. Although one of his requests was for a stand of trees to be included I still feel like the emphasis of this piece is water…both flowing & still.

version #1 of “The Best Part” photo/digital art (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I like the way the waterfall flows into the image!

The second piece is a bit bolder and has a definite “ocean” feel to it. The ocean & sea oats were other items mentioned in our talk but I wanted to make sure to include trees and rocks too, as he mentioned those several times. The colors were actually brighter than this to begin with and had lots of bright pinks and peach colors which I toned down or changed before finalizing the piece.  Bright pastel colors weren’t in our discussion!

version #2 of “The Best Part” photo/digital art (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I really like the silhouette of the tree(s) in this image!

I’ve e-mailed copies of each of these images to my client and will wait to see what the feedback is. Which one he likes, if he wants any changes to the image, if neither suit him and I start from scratch…all those thoughts whirl through my head. Which would you choose?

Waiting patiently,


4 thoughts on “Commissioned Photo/Digital Art

  1. Lynne,
    Love both.
    #1-bottom left side, river bank, puple area I think it might be flowers keeps drawing my eye maybe a little too much.
    #2-is my favorite, not sure what I think about the sea oats, for some reason i could really see a field of wheat blowing more sideways from the wind, but since this is photography and not a painting you can only do so much.
    Great job!

    1. Hey Donna! I need to look at #1 on my big monitor, hard to see it on this laptop. 🙂 When I first posted it the rock in the front/middle kept jumping out at me…I had to go back & lighten the shadowed parts. Still seems a little dark for my taste, it’s still a work in progress so I’m always tweeking. 🙂 I may need to do some tweeking for the purple area too! The sea oats on #2 are one of the things the client wanted in the picture. I love your idea of a field there though! Thanks for reading and taking time to share your thoughts.


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