Each holiday season I receive many requests for commissions that need to be done and delivered in time for Christmas. One of my favorite parts about working on these custom pieces is hearing people’s stories behind the painting concepts. Usually they send me a photo of a special beer they enjoyed with a best friend, or loved one, along with another photo of a place that is significant to both people, and then I combine the photos into one composition. Each detail has a meaning, and I am always glad to be part of creating a one-of-a-kind piece for a person who is caring enough to order a custom painting for a friend, spouse, or significant other. So, each year I publish a blog post to show you all the commissioned paintings I completed during the holiday season. Signed prints are available of Bourbon Paradise, and A Deal with the Devil paintings at my Etsy shop.
Can you think of anything unique, and significant to you that you’d like me to paint?
Each year several thoughtful gift-givers commission me to paint custom oil paintings for holiday gifts, and so far I’ve always finished them all on schedule to be delivered several days before December 25th. This year most of the paintings were dog portraits, and sadly two of those were of loved pups that had recently gone to doggy heaven. No one ordered a cat painting. Hmmmm. One person really liked one of my existing float plane paintings, but wanted a smaller version, so I painted one for him. I’m always impressed with the concepts that my patrons develop for these pieces, and my favorite part is finding out the stories behind each one. I hope all the recipients liked their gifts. I did receive a couple photos of smiling people holding their custom Clendaniel originals.
Click on each one to see it in more detail. All paintings are framed in a natural wood frame, with hanging hardware installed. The turnaround time is 2-3 weeks. You can order a custom oil painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter, or by contacting me at info [at] realartisbetter [dot] com.
Epic Day! 14″ x 11″, oil on panel.
Alaskan winter cabin scene. 14″ x 11″, oil on panel.
RIP little buddy! 8″ x 10″, oil on panel.
Sally dog on the rafting trip. 8″ x 10″, oil on panel.
Smaller version of Catch & Release. 24″ x 12″, oil on panel.
Spotted Cow billboard. 16″ x 16″, oil on panel.
Packers game on the porch. 16″ x 16″, oil on panel.
Every year during the holidays I get a surge of requests for commissioned paintings by customers who are very thoughtful gift givers. Arguably, a custom oil painting is one of the most unique, personal, and thoughtful gifts one can receive. My favorite part about working with people on commissions is hearing the stories behind each painting concept. This year I didn’t get as many commissions as in previous years, because after the earthquake on November 30th people had other things on their minds like cleaning up trashed homes, broken glass, and fixing cracks. Earth picked a bad time to shake us all up, and I think many retailers and artists felt the economic impact of decreased sales during that time. Nevertheless, I completed seven paintings in time for Christmas, and they were all gratefully accepted by their recipients. Now that they are no longer surprises, I can show them to you. Click on each one to see it in more detail. All paintings are framed in a natural wood frame, with hanging hardware installed. The turnaround time is 2-3 weeks. You can order a custom oil painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter, or by contacting me at info [at] realartisbetter [dot] com.
Bear Creek Winery at Hogwarts. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Works of Love by Hill Farmstead Brewery. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Custom Airplane Painting. 8″x10″, oil on panel.
Westvleteren 12. 9″x18″, oil on panel.
North 47 Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Black Tuesday Reserve by The Bruery. 8″x10″, oil on panel.
Mythos beer pictured in Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Every holiday season I get many requests for commissions, and this year was no exception. By now I know what to expect, and how to get ready for the holiday rush. As always, each painting had a special story behind it, and I loved being in on the surprises. My favorite painting this year was the view of looking up at aspen trees in the Fall (Maria wanted to keep it). The best response was from a customer in Texas about the Shiner Bock painting, “OMG THIS PAINTING IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! You’ve officially made me cry! Today has been an absolutely horrible day and you’ve made it so much better. Thank you doesn’t even begin to cover it!” Messages like this make me happy about being an artist.
We take a picture of every painting that leaves the studio, so here is a slideshow of the paintings I made this holiday season (click on the pictures to view a slideshow). They are all oil paint on wood panel, framed in a natural ash wood frame. I prime my paint supports red and gold before applying the oil paint, so you can see the gold paint shining through gaps in the oil paint. This is my signature technique, and one way you can always recognize a Clendaniel original.