I had the pleasure this past week of creating a special commissioned painting for a family’s living room. I met Jill and Rick during the Burlingame (California) Art & Wine Festival about a month ago. Although they arrived at the close of the first day, they both returned the following day to get a closer look at my art and to discuss a commission that would fit their space.
Once we worked out the details of the size and colors, using one of my existing smaller pieces that they loved, I was able to add artwork into their space to give them an idea of how it would look. Now they were able to better envision how my art would look in their home.
With that part done, I got to work on creating a piece that would fit perfectly above their mantel in the living room. The canvas is 48″ wide by 36″ tall and 1.5″ deep. Although I have created large pieces before (my last one was 54×54″), it had been a while and it was a lot of fun creating on a super-sized canvas again.
Before I started, I thought it would be fun to record the entire process (in hyper-speed!) for the collector and to share on social media. So, I got my phone set up on a tripod and I turned it on and went about creating.
It was well received by the collector and the wonderful folks who follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Since I broke up the process into several segments for posting purposes, I decided to put it all in one continues stream of video and to also slow it down just a little.
Here’s a link on to my Youtube channel to see the entire process from start to end. I hope you enjoy it!
I have delivered the artwork and the collectors love it! That is the best part of creating art!
I’m heading overseas on Friday to visit my parents and relatives in Croatia. You can see my adventures on Facebook or Instagram.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. And, sometimes I don’t even know it’s inspiring my work until after I completed a painting or two.
During my recent stay in our home in Winthrop, Washington, I discovered what was giving me inspiration…and it was just outside my window.
In the Spring, my husband planted wild flowers in our front yard. These are all local seeds that grow well in our area. After many months of watering and weeding, the flowers are in full bloom and bursting with beautiful color.
It wasn’t until I completed my first painting and I was glancing out the window that I realized the colors of the flowers were all in my painting. I named the first one “Bloom” and soon several more followed.
Although each one was a little different than the previous, the colors all mimicked the ones I saw in my yard. “Bloom” numbers 1 – 5 from left to right:
Here are a couple of pictures of my work in progress. I usually start with mark making using pencils and graphite. Then I continue by adding black paint and bright colors as the under-painting. The next couple of layers include more paint, mark making and scratching into the wet surface. I usually finish the piece with more mark making after the paint has dried.
I love how inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s obvious and other times it’s in our subconscious waiting for us to recognize where it came from.