One of my favourite commissions this Christmas was to paint a well loved selection of old woodworking tools that had belonged to a friend’s grandfather. Darren fleetingly mentioned back in the summer that I might like to rummage around in the dusty old boxes that were stowed away somewhere at his parent’s house. Now that’s an invitation I can’t pass by!
However, summer came and went and nothing was mentioned until the autumn when Helen, Darren’s wife, came to me in secret with a brainwave for his Christmas present. She masterminded an undercover mission to retrieve said tools from the in-laws and deliver them to my studio where I could lose myself in the time-worn crevasses of these wonderful characters.
Dream job!! And Darren was pretty chuffed on Christmas day too.