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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Simplifying Commissions - part two

Pin It My last post mentioned that I told 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 I found at Dick Blick and they measured something close to 9" x 12". Before I knew it, I had 11 designs.

I attached all of the designs to foamboard, presented them all and the clients were thrilled. They had a tough time deciding. They chose the first one listed 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. 


And the process was a blast! I knew exactly what I needed to design and paint. There was never any doubt or hesitation in the creative process.
Here is the finished painting!

I love the triptych, the client loves them and the interior designer is happy too. 
What a great experience.

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