|Precious Moments are the Quiet, 2006/7|
|Detail : Painting commission 2012|
Im back from my little trip away -
And im feeling refreshed and excited to get back to the studio.
Its amazing how a few days away can be so precious and so restorative.
Two days can sometimes feel like two weeks - in the right place, and more importantly, with the right people. I went to visit some very dear friends that left this Emerald city about two and a half years ago, for a new adventure and a new beginning.
And lucky for me they invited me to visit, share in their new life with their new beautiful baby boy.... and just relax!
Which is exactly what i did.
Especially since Ive just taken on a massive new commission for two massive new paintings Exciting? Yes. Daunting? Oh yes indeedy.
Starting a new commission from scratch is an amazing adventure. You meet with your clients, see their space, talk over ideas, discuss artworks of inspiration from your portfolio, and most importantly, get a feel for what they love... and what they may love to live with!
Then you go back to the studio, have a coffee or three, sit, think, think some more, and then... panic! No just kidding.
What you do next is draw.
And with two big paintings to tackle I thought I would super-size my drawings, and start to get a feel for the size, and all that colour!
At the top of the post you can see a triptych mix media work on wood that I completed in 2006-7 for another commission. Its colourful, moody and tells a story about the quiet and reflective moments that you experience while sitting by a pond or watery garden.
My new clients loved this work and it has now become the starting point for one of the canvas artworks that they have commissioned.
|Two pieces of A1 paper coming together to form the right dimensions for this drawing/sketch.|
|To paint BIG you need : a big space, a lot of art materials, a pair of comfy converse, an apron and a pair of big earphones to listen to a lot of music while you work!|
|A couple of large sketches from 2010 that I pulled out to draw inspiration from.|
On the left it reads: 'Trying to find the mark, the line, the essence...'
|This is a detail from my second drawing...|
|And this is what it looks like now. Im happy with it and Im hoping my clients like it too!|
So Ive submitted two drawings for approval.
Then now its onto the next set of sketches for the even bigger painting that they have commissioned! A 3-metre painting on canvas that will be the largest work that I have ever done.
Boy Im lucky to have been given this opportunity to move my artwork into new territory.
Stay tuned for the next instalment to this exciting new adventure x