I did this for the pastor of our church as a farewell gift.  I stacked books that represented his intellectual nature and some of his favorites.  On top were a pair of reading glasses that he frequently joked about needing and a vest draped over the back, which he frequently wore.  I had hoped to evoke through the painting the sense that we had gotten to know and appreciate the qualities that made him special.

The finished piece:

The set up: