May 2017 Commission
I had the opportunity to produce a set of paintings for some long-time collectors of my work. They wanted art in an unusual place – above the arch leading into their dining room – and they commissioned me to produce it.
I was delighted to have the opportunity, and I enjoyed everything about the project. Most importantly, they are happy with the results.
The posts below document the process from start to finish. I hope you enjoy reading through them and watching the work unfold.
A New Commission – the Background
Barb and John have been regular collectors of my paintings for about 5 years now. They’re active in a number of the arts, and I see them at nearly all of the shows that I do, as well as gallery openings in the area. They’re genuine, down to earth, relaxed personalities, and the pleasure I […]
Preparing the Panels
The Commission – Part 2 The first major step in this project will be preparing the panels. I need 3 panels measuring 7×16 inches. . The next step will be to prime the painting surface. That’s not terribly interesting, so I won’t show that. The step after that, however – gilding the sides – is […]
Gilding the Panels
The Commission – Part 3 The next step in the process has been gilding the edges of the panels, which I did with an eye towards providing a somewhat distressed and antiqued look. I can’t rightly boast about my skills as a gilder (yet), but I sure do enjoy the process. Here’s a quick […]
Commission Progress – Drawing Complete
Here is more progress on the commission project; the drawings are complete, and tomorrow I should be ready to begin painting.
Painting the Background
Yesterday was a great day: Aside from the quick one-hour Alla Prima studies I do somewhat regularly, I haven’t done any real painting for nearly 2 months. Since then I’ve been preparing for a show and then doing a complete overhaul of my website. Worthy and necessary pursuits, but painting is more fun… and yesterday […]
Finally! Some paint!
Good morning everyone. Hope you had a great weekend – I certainly did; some time to do nothing, some time to do a little good cooking, and some time visiting with old friends I haven’t seen in a while. Time to get back to work, though, and I’m happy to show some real progress on […]
The Left Panel is Complete
The left panel for this triptych project is now mostly complete. I showed this image to the collectors who are commissioning it, and their response was “!!Gorgeous!”, so I think I can safely assume I’m on the right track here. I will add a few reflections of the light – especially the light that will bounce from […]
It will never be seen up close
Here’s today’s progress on the commissioned triptych project. I tend to produce paintings on a smaller scale, and they’re usually highly polished and detailed. That kind of work by it’s very nature invites close inspection, and I’m used to seeing people actually getting their faces into the paintings – literally looking at them from just […]
Day Two of Painting the Central Panel
Here is more progress on the central panel. I left the large central marble for the end, as it’s a highly reflective steel marble, and the surroundings needed to be finalized before I could begin tackling that. More tomorrow.
Closing in on the Finish of the Marbles Triptych
It’s getting close. This is the right-most panel, and as you can see, it’s far along. All of the marbles are done, though they still do need some touching up. I left painting the stone slab that the marbles rest on for the end, and will paint it together with the slab for the central […]
The Triptych is Complete, Delivered, and Up on the Wall
Done and up on the wall The triptych of marbles that I was working on about a month ago is now complete, dried, and varnished. Today I delivered them to the home of the collectors who commissioned them, and I stayed to help put them up on the wall. All in all, it was […]