My Atypical "Portraits"

I really really love when people commission personal pieces and let me  just run with it. When I was asked to create an original piece for a pair of newlyweds as a Christmas gift, I was given a list of things that were meaningful to the couple and total creative freedom!

This is a couple with a long love story, so it was so much fun to be able to incorporate that history. 

The constellations represent music, love, peace, and incorporates music notes from one of their most beloved songs. The polar bear is the mascot of the grade school they both went to.

There are pins for the locations they have traveled to together, and a special marker for where they celebrated their engagement. Because it's in a front-opening shadow box, they can add new pins as they continue to conquer the globe! 

My favorite touch is that the background is almost entirely painted with wine from the winery the couple owns and operates! I'd never painted with wine before but it was a lot of fun!

The more I learned about this couple through creating this piece, the more I loved their story and how truly in love they are with each other. I hope they enjoy this at least half as much as I enjoyed making it for them!