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Commission - Family Zodiac by DawnstarW Commission - Family Zodiac by DawnstarW
Client: Gilbert & Alicia Aguilar

Finally finished this project and I'm really happy with the end result of it.

The story behind the piece is that a couple who I've been friends with since high school came to me while the wife was pregnant and commissioned a painting to done as a gift to the baby they were expecting this month. In it they wanted a woman with the symbol of Virgo on her arm being surrounded by a pair of koi that had the symbol of Piscies on their heads. I was happy to accept the project and agreed to take on their request. As it turns out, their son was born several months premature and unfortunately passed away due to an illness which his tiny body was unable to battle it. I had only gotten as far as the rough draft designs when I found out the news and found myself unable to approach them with the question of if they had wished me to continue with the project. I held back asking for several months until recently when March was getting closer. I didn't want them to think that I was asking because of the money and I knew that if they said yes, it would become my first memorial piece I've done to celebrate a tiny life that during his short time on earth had made such a large impact. Speaking with my friends, I was surprised that yes they did want me to move forward on the project. Not only did they want me to continue, but they wished me to add an extra element: for the woman to be holding a scorpian. I felt honored and wanted to make them proud so asked if I could add my own element to the piece which was to have the constilations of Virgo, Piscies and Scorpio in the painting as well. My friend gave me the go ahead and I started work on the final painting.

Materials Used:
watercolors
watercolor paper (11x14 inches)

Work in Progress: Family Zodiac (part 1) - [link]
Work in Progress: Family Zodiac (part 2) - [link]
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
very lovely work! :)
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
^^ thank you!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
it's my pleasure! :)
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cjtremlett Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
The painting is beautiful, but what a heartbreaking story!
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah it took a lot of thinking before I finally approached them to do the project. Glad that you enjoyed it!
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