After our shipping container house aired on Grand Designs in October last year I was contacted by a lovely couple from the idyllic beachside location of Redhead Beach to paint them a painting. Their new house was recently completed and looks incredible and they have asked me to produce a fairly large piece 1.8m wide by 1.2 m deep as the feature piece for their living area.
It is always such a privilege to be asked to produce work like this for people because it makes you realise that what you do has really impacted on them somehow. Creating art is a very emotional process for me, and one that more and more so comes from deep within me. I very often get to the end of a painting and have no idea how I got there! The paint just seems to make its way onto the canvas, in layers upon layers until the piece evolves into the final product. I have to say, commissions are more so than not very challenging. No one knows what the end product is going to look like. And because art is so subjective, there is no way to guarantee the client is going to like the end result. Of course you just have to do all you can to get the colours right, capture the right emotion in the painting and incorporate the elements that the client wants. Or, you are given free reign and have to hope that your vision ends up to the liking of the client. Not always a given!
So yes, commissions are hard. But I LOVE them. I love creating that perfect piece for the perfect spot in a person's home, office or holiday home.
So here are some photos of the location and then a few detail shots of the work in progress. Am trying to bring more sunset oranges and yellows into the painting as requested by the couple. I am working with the idea of atmospheric and landscape elements such as water, sky, rocks, sand, reflection, rain, waves etc. It is getting there!
I will post a completed photo once it is finalised!