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.
Mom. Wife. Artist. Marketer. Teacher. Radio Show Host.
My Favorite Things
Some of my posts contain affiliate links for your convenience. Click here for full disclosure.