Simplifying Commissions - part two
My last post "Simplifying Commissions - part one" mentioned that I promised my abstract client I would submit three or four small concept designs for their triptych. I went back to my studio, mixed a bunch of paint colors and started painting with my palette knife on sheets of gessoed canvas. (I used the sheets from a tablet of canvas sheets I bought at Dick Blick. I think they measured something close to 9" x 12".) Before I knew it, I had 11 design concepts. It was a lot more than I originally had promised.
I mounted the finished concepts on foam board. I presented all 11 designs and the clients were thrilled. They actually had a tough time deciding. They chose the first one posted here for composition and the last one for color.
I went back to my studio and painted the three canvases which each measured 102" wide by 25" tall. Originally I was going to hang them on the wall to paint but I realized it was easier to paint them flat. Hanging them meant I needed to use a ladder for the top piece. I could also move them apart (or together) while I painted. And the process was a blast! I knew exactly what I had to design and paint. I was entirely focused.
Here is the finished triptych painting!
I love the paintings, the client loves them and the interior designer loves them. What a great experience. I will handle all of my future abstract painting commissions in this same way. What a difference this approach made in comparison to my other abstract commissions this year!
I have a lot of great workshops scheduled in 2016. I will be teaching traditional oil and abstract painting with a palette knife. I will be teaching in Cape Cod, Richmond, Atlanta, South Pasadena and Ventura. Click here for more information!
I am also offering Online Studio painting classes every month. Join me each month as we paint traditional oil paintings and abstract paintings with a palette knife. Click here to sign up.
12/29/2015 09:05:07 am
Great ideas Leslie and thanks for sharing. Did you use one 9x12 sheet for each of the 3 panels, or do all three on one sheet? I love so many of the offerings here, I would have a hard time choosing one also!
12/29/2015 09:08:39 am
Great question! I painted each sheet and then cut them after they were dry. I also painted all of them in steps. Painted a color, then while it was drying I worked on a another one.
12/30/2015 09:33:00 am
So glad I asked about that..thanks for the answer..Do I join AHA by requesting an email/signing up? If so I have done that..
12/30/2015 04:42:09 am
Fantastic idea and your concept. Love the idea of having the paintings flat but off the floor. Leslie what are the metal stands you used to support the paintings?
1/10/2016 06:20:54 am
What are the metal stands you used to support the paintings?
1/10/2016 07:01:22 am
The metal stands are bus boy stands that I bought at a restaurant supply store. I also place glass on top of them for mixing paints in my studio.
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