Recently Completed Commission (May 2020)
Here is a commission I recently completed - it is 24x36 inches and oil on canvas.
Here are some progress photos of how I began this painting - the first photo is one of the preliminary watercolour sketches I did of a different reference photo. I kept this sketch up on my studio water to use as reference for the colour scheme.
New Work in Progress
During this strange unexpected season of self-isolation I wanted to work on a new large painting to hang on the wall in my bedroom. My husband recently painted our room a nice fresh cloud white colour, and so I thought it was time to update the artwork also. Initially I worked on a large beach scene, but got tired of it pretty fast and decided to paint over it with my own re-creation of a Gustav Klimt painting. I love the painting 'Malcena At The Gardasee'. So here is my own quick version of it. I'll post the daily progress shots; I will keep the most current 'posts' at the top. Scroll down to see how it all began!
DAY 6 (April 30) - I'm nearing the end - and find myself in the fun stage of just 'making it my own'. I'm doing what I often tell my students to do when they are working on their own replica of someone else's painting -- I tell them to put away the reference photo and just make it their own. So now I'm having fun adjusting colours here and there, layering different textures etc. I like that it is 'messy and unrefined'.
DAY 5 (April 27) - I made some major changes today! I toned down many of the colours and lightened up a lot of the houses/rooftops.I got rid of the mustard/lemon yellows, brighter pinks, and darker grey/browns. I have seen a few different colour schemes of this particular Klimpt painting now - a range from brighter colours to duller/faded colours. I'm really not sure how the original is suppose to look? Regardless, for my version of this painting I want to keep the colours more muted.
DAY 4 (April 23) - Today I worked more on the bottom houses - filling in the windows/doors and working on the reflections in the water. I'm intentionally painting quickly and loosely to help re-create the look of this painting. Its a nice change from how I typically paint!
DAY THREE - (April 20 &21) - I included two days for 'today' since I only worked for about an hour each day. I focused this time on adding colour to the different rooftops and laying down the dark outlines around the buildings/window and door lines etc. As I continue to work on the painting I can begin to sculpt out these dark lines to minimize their thickness etc ('painting the negative shapes'). I want to lighten up the colours all over - moreso than my reference photo looks anyways.
DAY TWO (April 17) - I had to take yesterday off from studio work - I woke up with a killer headache yesterday from working so much on this painting the day before. For me, 'working so much' means 3-4 hours of studio work. Muscle pain (neck/shoulders) and headaches are unfortunately an occupational hazard for me! I need to be careful to 'pace myself' as I cannot get the regular chiropractic/masseuse care I usually do to help. For now regular stretching and exercise will have to do. After a day of rest I was itching to get back at it today. Today I worked on fine tuning the house structures more and filling in the rest of the spaces with colour and contrast.
DAY ONE (April 15)- Today I quickly freehanded the main shapes of all the houses. The rooflines in this painting are rather confusing so I just went with it. At this point some of my houses look rather crooked! I'm painting this on an old wood panel that I had experimented with years ago with a chunky abstract painting. The texture from this old painting is clearly seen and certainly isn't ideal but I love the size of this board. If this painting were for anyone else I certainly would start on a new canvas/board! (And I would also spend 4x the amount of time working on it to perfect it rather than the quick version I plan to do for our bedroom).
'I'll always find my way back to you' is my painted study on Nostalgia and how it affects the way we perceive our childhood friendships (January 2020).