|'Solitude' 5x7 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis|
January has become a very busy month. I started the month with nothing happening except my participation in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I soon had two commission projects both with tight deadlines....and both requiring LARGE paintings. It is both exciting and a bit daunting. I am doing my best to keep up with the 30 in 30 challenge by doing a small oil painting of my commission studies. The painting above is one of them.
Last week I shared some of the progress on the hospital project.....four 30x40 pastel paintings. I am waiting for final approval of the paintings and I will post the final photos. Today I'd like to take you behind the scenes of the other project. This is a commission for a new hotel. I am painting sixteen 2x 5 foot wood panels that will become a part of 8 armoires for the guest rooms. It is a very interesting project since the paintings need to be acrylic. (yes I have painted with acrylics in the past it just isn't my main medium) Read on to see the project unfold.
|The study board|
I was asked to come up with some studies for possible paintings. The theme is deep south...think: Louisiana Bayous. I submitted 10 small pastel studies (several of them I have shown on the blog already) I also painted small 4x4 studies and cut them in half since the paintings will be diptychs. Eight of my studies were chosen and the contract was signed. I awaited shipment of the panels.
|The crate of panels in my driveway|
|My husband Michael unpacking the crate|
Since I don't paint much with acrylics and not this large I had to order some supplies. I needed to gesso the panels and there was a certain varnish that was required. I decided to use Golden Open acrylics in a limited palette. (since that is what I am used to)
|My studio is filled with panels!|
|Heidi hanging out with her Daddy|
|Jennifur supervising (and walking all over a freshly gessoed panel)|
I have permanent gesso paw prints on the carpet curtesy of Jenny but the panels were finished and I was ready to begin. It was scary to see those huge blank panels. I couldn't say "It's only paper" because it wasn't and I didn't have extra panels! Luckily I had a dream last night on how I would paint these panels. I went through the painting step by step. I woke up confident and ready to start.
|my small study and reference which was a photo of a previous painting|
The first step was to cover the white panels. I did a thin underpainting with orange, red and yellow. I am doing the same steps I took for the pastel and oil. This is as far as I got. Then I took a break and baked a cake (I wanted something sweet!)
After my cake, tea and blog break I am ready to get back to work! I will share the finish tomorrow.
|The underpainting. The panels are 32 x 58 combined.|