A young woman commissioned me to paint a portrait of her sister's dog, as a surprise gift. She sent me numerous photos to work with, and asked for a background that included succulents and California poppies. I did three sketches, from which she chose one to serve as the basis for a painting in acrylics. This painting took about a week. The client was pleased enough to pay me more than the fee we had agreed on. A win-win!