A month ago I wrote about my first commission in a post titled "Mick's Dogs". There is more to the story! When I delivered the watercolor of Mick's three dogs to him he was thrilled. The piece was a gift for his wife. As we chatted at the coffee shop, which I painted in my July 5th post "Plein Air Painting", Mick said he had another project for me. I was anxious to hear what it was since the dog portrait went well. Mick wanted a portrait of himself. Not a current portrait, but one of himself when he was in the Irish Army many years ago. He didn't really have a photo for reference. He emailed a YouTube video titled Royal Ulster Constabulary - A Tribute and said he wanted me to use the uniform and weapon shown at a certain minute mark in the video. Mick also sent a few old photos of himself (which weren't quite that old) so I could insert his face on the proper uniform. I was nervous since I hadn't done a personal portrait and this was going to be difficult. I put it off. I had a workshop coming up with Alvaro Castagnet and thought maybe I would learn some secret formula from him to help with this commission. I put it off longer since I had another workshop coming up where I surly would learn something to give me confidence to try the portrait. Neither workshop was about portrait painting. I finally plunged in after Mick asked several times about it. It took a couple weeks to finish. I painted smallish areas, let them dry, and came back with more color and value while trying to have some of my own style show. I was happy with it finally and hoped it looked like a much younger Mick and that the weapon was correct. Thankfully Mick was pleased and said it did look like him and the weapon was right. Great news!