Comission 1 Accomplished

This commissioned piece is in it's final home now.

“Laurel Canyon Falls”

So how does an artist work with a customer to get just the right size, color palette and subject matter for a custom request?  A painting takes way too much time for “do-overs”, and planning is crucial.

A good friend commissioned me to do a focal piece over their newly renovated living room.  I was honored to be trusted with such an important accessory and I wanted to make a memorable work.  She was familiar with my pricing and painting style from viewing several of my shows (always a smart thing to do as a consumer).   I gave her a guesstimate for the size before seeing her space and settling on subject matter.

We then viewed her room, the space in which the painting would hang, and colors of other pictures and accessories in the room.  I took photos and measurements, and took actual blank canvases with me to hang in the space for us to gauge what size was pleasing.  Lastly, we decided (after many short lists) what the subject matter would be: a waterfall, but with the reds and yellows included for a Fall scene.  We used one of my original photos from Laurel Canyon, (close to Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” home) and  photos of the client’s for colors of foliage.

A contract was proposed and accepted.  Sometimes I ask for a deposit if it’s large enough, or if it’s a first-time customer.  The painting process then began.  Six months later, I was signing my name and showing the customer the finished piece.  (I had shown her a photo of the work at it’s three-quarter completion point as a “progress report” to make sure there weren’t any major problems.)

Now she and her family are enjoying a completed room, where they’ll add small seasonal items on the ledge beneath.   In another few months I will take back the work to varnish it for archival protection and to enhance the colors.  We also chose to add a one inch frame around the work to complete the look.  (I’d taken a frame with me from another artwork so they could see if they liked having it framed or not. ) As it turned out, the frame really enhanced the whole effect.

Before

Before

Other painting to match in the room

Other painting to match in the room

Working at the Columbus Cultural Art Center

Working at the Columbus Cultural Art Center

Day 1 underpainting

Day 1 underpainting

Day 2

Day 2

Adding Spruce on third day

Adding Spruce on third day

Adding the red foliage

Adding the red foliage

Last pass with bluer water and signature.

Last pass with bluer water and signature.

Completed work.

Completed work.

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