Journey through the stages of a commissioned painting...

About 18 months or so ago a lady by the name of Alison contacted me via Facebook after watching myself and Todd on the Grand Designs episode of Series 5 in 2014. She expressed an interest in commissioning me to paint 2 pieces for her and we liaised on and off for a fair period while she was getting clear on what she wanted. Towards the end of 2015 she decided on 2 cockatoo themed paintings, one of 3 black ones and one of one white one. These gorgeous creatures have a special place in the hearts of Alison and her husband which is why they chose them as the feature for their 2 large paintings.

Fast forward a few months and her 2 pieces are now complete and ready for framing and freighting to her home in Albury, NSW. Alison, it has been an absolute pleasure creating these cockatiel portraits for you and I hope they bring many years of joy and inspiration into your beautiful home.

Here is a series of progress images so you can all walk through the process with me...

First, the trio of black cockatoos

The preliminary outlines

a bit of colour to set the tone for the palette

A bit more colour and some dark bases for the black cockies

Me at work adding more colour to the background

Me at work adding more colour to the background

A close-up of cocky 1

more colour, more definition and detail

cocky 1 with more detail and speckling!

And the final painting complete...

 

 

And now for the white cockatoo painting...

 

 

Whoops, I got a bit carried away before i took my first photo!

Whoops, I got a bit carried away before i took my first photo!

The background on this one is really loose and suggestive of Australian bush and trees in the distance.. starting to add colour and form to the bird here... I also opted for a moody darkish sky to tie in with the black cockatoo painting and to contrast with the yellow feathers on his head...

The background on this one is really loose and suggestive of Australian bush and trees in the distance.. starting to add colour and form to the bird here... I also opted for a moody darkish sky to tie in with the black cockatoo painting and to contrast with the yellow feathers on his head...

Alison wanted a limey yellow feather crest on his head...

Alison wanted a limey yellow feather crest on his head...

And the final painting complete...

And the final painting complete...

So there you have it! I can't wait to see these 2 hung in their new home!