When my Grandad died last year he left us some money. I am sure most of it will get swallowed up by the ever increasing cost of family life, but I wanted to make sure I purchased something to keep – something we would treasure and something to remind us of him.
I decided to buy a piece of original art. I didn’t really know where to start, as my budget is usually more Athena poster than fine art gallery. A little while after making the decision to buy something I came across the work of Yvonne Coomber, which I just adore. I even went to see some in a gallery and they were even more stunning in the flesh. But I just couldn’t decide which one I wanted – I liked them all, but not one in particular, so I decided to wait until I saw something that I just HAD to buy.
But then a better idea came along, one that should have been obvious from the outset. My friend, the very one who designed my pretty header at the top of this blog, is an artist. A very talented artist who’s work I have always admired – so why not get her to do a painting for us. Something unique and personal.
I started with the idea that I wanted something based around this photograph of Syd. It is such a dramatic shot and I always thought it would be amazing with some sort of dreamlike background – and that is really all I gave Shelley to go on.
On Christmas Eve she arrived with the finished painting, a surprise for my other half who knew nothing about it, and a joint Christmas present to the two of us from my Grandad. I am utterly in love with it, it is just so perfect. The sleeping wolf in the stars is to represent my Grandad’s protection, and being a bit of a space geek I adore the setting for the wonderful portrait of Syd. I couldn’t be anymore delighted with how it turned out, and feel that I truly have a lasting family heirloom.
So next time you are thinking about a new work of art for your house, why not consider comissioning something really special rather than choosing off the wall – I know I am so thrilled we did!
Love Miss Cisco XXX
You can find more of Shelley’s artwork on her website here and her facebook page here.