“These paintings of our dogs, George and Jeb were a gift to my husband on our 12th (Silk…) anniversary. Gave Steve only a week advance notice and not only did he meet the deadline but the paintings were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, I was totally blown-away and needless to say my husband was ecstatic. I think he captured them so perfectly that you can actually feel their personalities…quite the accomplishment and the perfect gift. Just can’t say enough about the professionalism and quality of the workmanship. Thanks Steve for making my our anniversary so special with something we will treasure for many, many years!”
Joanne had received a large oil painting of her house as a Christmas gift some years ago. She recently contacted me to produce a commissioned painting as a gift for her husband on her 12th wedding anniversary. After talking to Joanne it was clear that the subject matter would be of her two large english bulldogs. After looking at photos she had sent me, we discussed further options of size and media and decided that the best route would be for two separate watercolor paintings of the dogs walking in snow-covered sand dunes, using the same minimal palette. in matching mats and frames The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other in most nations. In English-speaking countries the first, wooden, gift was cut on the day of celebration and then presented to the wife as a finished article before the next two Quarter Days had passed. The tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbours with a silver wreath to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple for so many years. On celebration of the 50th, the wife received a wreath of gold. Over time the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life.
1 Paper, 2 Cotton, 3 Leather, 4 Linen or Silk, 5 Wood, 6 Iron, 7 Wool or Copper, 8th Bronze, 9th Pottery, 10th Tin or Aluminum, 11th Steel, 12 Silk, 13 Lace, 14 Ivory, 15 Crystal, 20 China, 24 Opal, 25 Silver, 30 Pearl, 35 Coral or Jade, 40 Ruby, 45 Sapphire, 50 Gold, 55 Emerald, 60 Diamond (yellow), 65 Blue Sapphire, 70 Platinum, 75 Diamond or Gold, 80 Oak, 85 Moonstone, and for the 100th wedding anniversary you get the original fountain of youth.