I love to do them, but don't always have the time. Either way, please ask!
My favorite commissions end up being more like collaborations. Of course I love painting mountains or fish just because the feeling strikes me, but sometimes clients come up with ideas I'd never have.
For example, recently I was asked to paint 50 tiny trout:
50 tiny trout??!? That's ridiculous! But I had so much fun with these I painted up some more and did a limited print run with my friends at Clove & Creek in Kingston.
I've also painted plenty of individual trout for clients. This trout was the first trout a client's fiancé ever caught while fly fishing. The client shared with me the photos of her presenting the painting to her husband-to-be at their rehersal dinner the day before getting married. That was just ridiculously adorable. Who doesn't like that?
And sometimes people write me and say: I'd like a brook trout, a brown trout, and a rainbow trout. I want them 7" x 5" each, and to all be facing to the right. I can do that too:
People also ask me to paint landscapes. (It's not all trout!) This was for a client who wanted something in a bigger size. That was basically all the direction I got. I wasn't sure what to paint until I walked outside one evening and saw the most intense burst of light reflecting back on the clouds of the western sky.
Last, but not least, people will ask me to paint them something a little less serious than a moody landscape or a trout. (Maybe something more in the style of the kids' books I make.) I love doing that too! I've been doing the holiday card for my friends over at Cafe Grumpy for a few years now. I'll leave you with last year's card. If you have an idea for a commission, please don't hesitate to ask!