|Study for 'A Special Place' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I love the challenge of an interesting commission. Especially when they are large. I love painting large but don't do it often since it is more difficult to store them. When it is a commission then I know the painting already has a home. I am working on a large commission project now and thought I would take you along on the journey from study to a finished painting.
And a commission is a journey! I am never quite sure where it will take me when I agree to take on the project. Every commission is different of course. Some are quite specific and exact. Such as when the client has a special photo for example. Some clients give me free reign with only a few requirements. These are the most fun to do. But no matter what type of project I am working on it always begins with a small study. I am currently in the study stage of this commission.
|Study #1 5x7 pastel|
- The process began with the client sending me images of my work that she liked. It gave me a good idea of the subject and colors but it was too broad to come up with a plan.
- In the next step I asked for more specific details. I made a list of these details and painted study #1 based on the client's requests....a landscape with a bright blue mountain, trees on the mid ground, a flower meadow with tall blue flowers and bright rasberry flowers, a colorful sky with pink, blue and yellow. whew! I wasn't sure how all of those elements would work together but I enjoyed the results! (study #1 above)
- At this point my client discovered my marsh paintings which really spoke to her. She asked if it was OK to change the direction of the painting. Of course! It is a journey and I am enjoying the ride. So I created another small study with the new requests. (at top of page) Water, dramatic sky, trees and a purple/gold color palette. I am waiting for feedback before I go any further.
I hope to get started on the larger painting this weekend and I will keep you posted!