Compared to some of my requests, this was seemingly fairly straightforward as there was only one big scene of the house and garden and surrounding countryside....oh, and of course the family....as I counted up the immediate family members (the three grown-up children and their partners, five grandchildren, brother, sister, in laws, not to mention a much loved and missed departed husband/Dad...oh, and some pets) I found myself going a bit pale at the prospect (fourteen people!!!!!) But then my poor friend emailed to say, "please don't be cross, but the family consensus is that there are four aunts and uncles that really have to go in or I will be shot at dawn!"
In the end it wasn't too much of an ordeal and everyone found their place nicely in the picture. The painting was presented at the real life birthday party in the garden, so everyone who was there could see themselves in it...art reflecting life or life reflecting art or something...cool eh?!