Figuring out exactly what type of painting a commission client wants is harder than you might think. I start with having them review my past work and telling me which elements appeal to them. Then I ask about size, color palette, mood, and more.
I’m just starting a new commission and I thought it would be fun to share the process. The client wants the painting for her bedroom in Nantucket. She likes my “wonky circles”, the botanical elements, and the texture of layering paint and collage elements in my other paintings. She needs a 30″ x 40″ canvas and is thinking of something with the ocean. Her color palette is blue, tan, cream, and orange.
I decided to paint some sample ideas to narrow down her preferences even more. I was traveling last week so I couldn’t whip out paints and canvas on the airplane. Instead, I tried out the painting app Procreate on my iPad. Here are three ideas I presented to her.
Study One – A soothing, soft painting to enhance the calmness desired in a bedroom. The painting loosely hints at plants living both under and along the shoreline of the ocean.
Study Three- A more abstract image with lots of layers of collage-paper and paint. It’s an underwater scene of a reef that teems with life. The surging currents sweep the elements back and forth with the tides.
What’s your favorite study and why? Next steps…to talk more about what she likes, changes to make, additions or subtractions, color tweaks, and more. Stay tuned!