It's always nice to be commissioned for a custom painting, because it means people want to live with your art, which is always an honor.
Below is the full commissioning process of "Sky's the Limit".
Feel free to contact me to commission something specific for your space.
The client shared an image of the space to fill. To determine the right scale of canvas - I superimposed some options. 72" wide by 50" or 40" high. We went with the narrower choice.
After talking more with the client I learned more about what past work of mine they were drawn to, then compiled some digital sketches and sent these to get a feel for what composition best fits with their wants.
The sketch that appealed best - with a request for more emphasis on fluffy, bright clouds inspired by Colorado skies.
Once we figured the scale and composition they provided a deposit and I ordered the stretcher bars and linen, then began the painting process, first by stretching the linen, the priming with a series of coats of gesso that protect the fabric and begins to build the surface. I often work on multiple canvas' at once.
After Gesso, I switch to some colorful coats in Acrylic, continuing to build the surface and starting to introduce colors that will impact the final layers of paint.
The composition starts to develop at this stage in acrylic. Then I switch to oil for the remaining layers.
The client opted to have the piece framed so I provided more options in place, a floater frame, silver, or what they chose - a simple deep black.
The painting process continued until I was ready to send an image for final approval and set a time for delivery after some drying time and once the frame arrived.
The frame arrived, in a very large box. I framed, wired, then packed the painting for transport. *since I was driving it, I only protected the frame edges with bubble wrap.
It just fit in the gallery's vehicle. We learned 72" long is about the max for an Escalade. Then we were off to the client's home.
Hanging the piece was fun with the client's cat Sumo helping. His approval meant the world to me.
The finished painting is called "Sky's the Limit" matching the character of the two, both as a couple, and individually. They are driven and ambitious people who continually look to dream big (clouds) and make great strides toward their next goal (horizon). The focal point is where dreams and aspirations meet.
If you'd like to commission a painting for your home or office - just reach out to me here.