I have heard other artists say that they "hate" commissions. I have heard myself say that they are difficult...you can't really get inside the head of the customer. However, I do have a customer who herself is an art director and she has commissioned a painting. She was clear on the size and where she wanted it to go...a simply wonderful updated mid-century modern home. She herself did not have a scene that she wanted me to paint (that is often difficult)..but rather looked at some of my photo reference. She chose one of my favorite areas...so this was a real pleasure to paint. This commissioned landscape is of one of my favorite areas...Summer Lake in Central Oregon. Summer Lake is a "dead" lake, with no outlet the lake itself is very alkaline. However, as it is in a very remote area of Oregon the vistas are immense and in late afternoon the setting sun casts a vermilion glow over everything. Being either here or in the Warner Valley...even more remote, is Heaven to me. So obviously I enjoyed this commission!