20×16″ watercolor on paper. The way that this painting came to existence is pretty sweet and romantic. Inspired by my painting of Brooke, Andrea’s husband walked straight into my booth at the art & wine festival and told me about his idea for a painting of his wife for her birthday. That was during the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Art&Wine Festival at the end of June and her birthday was on July 12. So, a few days later I was already working on this painting. I fell in love with the reference photo. The light was perfect, the pose natural and beautiful. Since it is a generous 20×16″ size, I could work in life size and not worry too much about insignificant details. I finished it in about a week, which is probably my record for commissions. Not having my son at the time (he was with grandparents in Sacramento) definitely helped with that.