There was quite a bit of work behind the scenes before the brush ever touched the canvas. My client knew the subject and the colour that she wanted but hadn’t been able to find a painting or print to match her vision. I was commissioned to create an artwork ― any medium, any style ― of three red peony roses. Wow. Really? Okay.
I opted for an acrylic painting on stretched canvas. But what size should it be?
Because I was able to take photographs of the room, I decided to make several mock-ups of the canvas sizes that I thought would suit the space. My client chose a triptych measuring 100 x 100 cm. A sketch was approved and three canvases were ordered…
18 thoughts on “My first ever painting commission (WIP)”
Congratulations! I never imagined this kind of planning could take place in the creation of a painting. It makes perfect sense, now that I think of it, that a commission is not just about a subject, but about a placement in someone’s life. Another misconception shattered!
Now I’m waiting to see the foreshortening technique applied to a photo of the final work. No? OK.
Thanks : ) Oh and there’s no foreshortening applied to those photos (it does look like it though, doesn’t it?) — that’s just what the room looks like. In fact that’s why I Photoshopped the canvas options… because the wall is such an odd shape. I’m not sure it’s something I’d do for EVERY commission but it was an interesting exercise.
Like the care that went into this. Beautiful painting and perfect positioning
Congrats Anna! Can’t believe that this is your first commission…I am sure there will be many others. 🙂
Congratulations, very nice work!
congratulations anna, the first of many l have no doubt, perfect symmetry, wonderful colours xxx
Thanks, Sim. I’ve just finished the actual painting… it looks quite a lot like the sketch — same composition, same colours — I’ll post photos next week : )
This is amazing! They’re beautiful and should I decide to take the plunge I might look you up! I can’t find a piece for our living room wall and it suffers because of it! Beautiful artwork.
Thank you! Yes, it appears that I do commissions now. A few years ago, I never would’ve believed it! My friends and family, however, are not the slightest bit surprised. It’s a funny old thing, life : )
Our friends and family always see our amazing potential before we can see it ourselves. Congrats in the success and hope for much more!
Congrats Anna 🙂 Congrats
Well done!! 😀
Yay congrats Anna! It’s the best feeling doing a commission piece!
No es necesario que alguien te encargue un cuadro para saber que tu tienes mucho estilo, pero debe ser muy emocionante que en estos tiempos de crisis alguien te valore tanto como para pagarte por una obra tuya. Enhorabuena.
Saludos desde Alicante -España-
Interesting and educational post. Your approach is very professional and the result proves it. You are lucky to have commissions. I’ve had only one so far. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Thanks for sharing the “process” with us. Folks don’t realize that there is a lot of pre-thinking done before one stroke hits the canvas. Nicely done!