About a month or so ago I got an email from a classmate of mine from growing up, Parker. He told me that since he had graduated college he'd been in real estate and had just recently sold a house to one of his friends (how cool is that?!) and wanted to give him a housewarming gift. He said how much he liked my abstract work and how he thought that a custom painting would make a good gift for his friend.
When people ask me to make paintings that portray a certain something, I try to get as much in that zone as possible - meaning, when Parker asked for a painting that would make his friend happy, I knew I would want to BE happy when I made that painting. This might sound silly, since you're probably thinking - this girl makes art for a living, isn't she always happy when she's making a painting? But that's not actually the case, especially in my personal work when I focus on certain events or emotions - I relive and feel those things over and over while creating. So let's just say that having a happy commission was a special treat!
I created layer after layer, mostly finger painting with bright titanium white acrylic, dripping watered down dark blues and greens, adding, subtracting and adding again while writing "happy" many times in the wet paint. I had a great time :)
After it was done, I hung it up in my office until Parker came to pick it up. This photo gives you an idea of the scale, it was created on a 30 x 40" canvas. I loved making this painting and working with Parker was the best! He was so trusting and gave me a lot of freedom, he didn't ask for a single change when I sent him a photo, which is a rare and beautiful thing!
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