Homeland

Thus far, experience has taught me that art commissions are my bread and butter. I don’t say this in a negative way – commissions challenge me. It was much the same when I attended University and obtained my Fine Arts degree – we were pushed to create beyond ourselves and this helped me to grow.

I was excited about this commission here because the photo that my client gave me to work with was so beautiful. Small

The scene pictured here is in Hania, Crete – my client’s homeland. I knew that the challenge in this piece wouldn’t be the mountains or the water but in fact, the buildings. I have painted very little architecture and so I was a nervous. Ah, let’s be honest, I’m always nervous doing commission pieces. 🙂

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Normally I begin with a pencil sketch but I skipped it this time because I felt super confident in the photograph. Instead, I started directly with the painted sketch on my canvas.

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My client mentioned that he would like the mountains to be a prominent feature in the painting and so I began there.

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I paint in layers and sections – putting on my base colour first and then working details over top. Since my canvases are normally quite large I find that this process of dividing and layering helps me feel less overwhelmed.Small_0004

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My dining room serves as my studio. It has lots of space and most importantly – LIGHT!Small_0007

EEP! Heading into the architecture… I did a lot of layers on the buildings before I was content with how they looked. Small_0008

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I laid down my base colours for the sky and the water before adding the details. The canvas was big and I felt intimidated by all of the work to be done in these areas – so I put on the basics and then gave myself a couple days of rest before I tackled them. Small_0011

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I had my hubby take this shot of me painting – I thought that it would give a good impression of how large this canvas really is. Small_0015

Title: ‘Homeland’ – acrylic on canvas – 4′ x 3′. You can click on the finished painting above to see an enlarged version. 🙂

In the end I’m super happy with it but colour always puts me in a happy place.

~ Micheline

 

3 thoughts on “Homeland

  1. Mich, every time you post one of these I’m in awe of your talent. You are an amazing artist! And this canvas is HUGE! lol

  2. Pingback: This is Sure To Brighten Your Monday! New Painting! | Mish Mash Art

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