An idea for a painting honoring the casualties of war has a pair of army boots. The Belgian poppy fields of WWI inspired a poem which inspired a fundraiser for VFW. Ironically the poppy now has a deadlier purpose.
I begin commissions with a small sketch. The basic composition, color harmony and size are planned. I like to hear feedback from the client. I can't ever remember having to change my initial ideas, but I am willing to accommodate suggestions.