Thursday, December 1, 2016
Return to Innocence
One of the things I love about painting a commissioned piece is that I'm almost always challenged to do something I wouldn't normally do.
One of the things I hate about painting a commissioned piece is that I'm almost always challenged to do something I wouldn't normally do.
I have this habit of saying, "Sure! I can do that!"
Then I begin and wonder, "What was I thinking! How am I going to do that!"
When I was asked to paint something like 'It Is Well...' again only with more teal colors instead of purple and with a few lines instead of a few words... I said, "Sure! I can do that!"
Never mind that I haven't painted with acrylics in a couple of years and that I can't imagine how I'll ever get 31 words neat and straight.
Here are a few of the things that I learned / figured out / discovered while working on this painting.
1. When the painting was "finished" but without words, it looked so cold and harsh. I deepened the color of the sun from yellow to orange and did an orange wash over almost the whole thing. The transformation to a warm cozy tone was immediate.
2. I took the painting to school, typed the poem on the computer, put the painting on the board, then projected the words from the computer onto the painted canvas. I used chalk to traced the words onto the painting. Then I painted over that. Is that cheating? Yeah, probably, but it looks pretty good!
3. White doesn't have to be white. Those letters aren't white... they're light, light orange.
I am thankful when someone trusts me to put their vision onto canvas.
Original Acrylic Painting - 16"x 20"