This painting was painted as a commission but probably serves , more than anything else as a warning against commissioning me to do a painting . It’s a depiction of the client’s house on the Southside of Glasgow and I was first asked to do it in early 2016 .
I should first say that I usually only undertake commissions if the works are very similar to other pieces I’ve done and not too specific . Generally speaking I work on the basis that , if the client doesn’t like the painting , it would work okay alongside my other work anyhow. For this reason I rarely do paintings of specific houses . The customer seemed very keen though , so ,after much prevarication , I cycled out , on a lovely day in the Summer of 2016 to see the house . It had potential as a subject , but I don’t really do sunny paintings so I had to visit again on a wet autumn evening . After many false starts I was on the verge of getting in touch with the client to tell them I really couldn’t do the painting . I’m pretty sure they’d virtually given up hope by this point anyhow , but about two months ago I decided to go for it with one last attempt and managed to get the painting started and finished in a few weeks . This all probably sound quite pathetic , but the way I normally work is to have up to a dozen or more paintings on the go at any one time in my studio . I work on , and complete any piece I feel like working on , as and when I feel like doing so . Some have remained uncompleted for years . Having a specific painting which need finishing at a particular time seems to act as a psychological barrier against finishing it . I’m sure a psychiatrist would have a field day with me , but I subscribe to the late , great Douglas Adams’ view of deadlines . ‘ I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by ‘
Anyhow the very patient customers finally collected the painting last week and were very happy with it . Phew !