9" x 12" WatercolorI've been working on a commission for the past couple of weeks and I finished it yesterday. This is a portrait of Bill and Kathy Atteberry's home in Midlothian, Texas. I started the painting on location, returning 2 more times to make sure I had the roof and porch lines correct. The home faced the East with a "ga-zillion" trees in the front yard that kept the entrance in shadow all day. The only time sunlight hit the entrance was for about 45 minutes around 10:30 am, therefore my time on location was very limiting. On the last trip, the sun was filtering through the trees highlighting the American Flag. Up to that point, I hadn't really committed to an area or "center of interest". Shadows on the lawn leading to the flag on the porch was the perfect lead-in to the painting. I presented the Atteberrys with their painting this afternoon; they were delighted with it. Bill said that I had "nailed it". That's about the best compliment a patron can give me.