Back home in my study I could not believe I did not have a stored image of the original piece but fortunately remembered it enough to make changes, for example
-I kept the curtain colour as requested but added a pattern
-I changed the original equal sided curtains and moved the smaller table more to the left
-originally there had been a pot of geraniums behind the sheep on a larger table but this time round I decided on a pot of ferns in front of the longer and wider curtains on the right
-originally the ceramic sheep had been laying down and this time round made the little lamb much smaller than its mother
- finally I changed the terracotta floor tiles to soft greys and added shadows
All in all it is a completely different piece of artwork with the same comic theme and question for its title .
It took some time planning the composition, using different references for the sheep, ferns and pattern in the curtains. Everything else was made up.
My clients are back from holiday tomorrow, when I will arrange delivery or collection. Hope they enjoy it with double 3 inch cream mount inside a plain wood frame measuring 22 inches square. Can't believe I've managed to complete this 15 x 15 inch square watercolour since I got back from Italy last Sunday ... but I did have all my references ready and had given it lots of thought before I went away.