Thursday, August 31, 2017

Commissioning to a theme

Recently I've had a run of 'commissioned' paintings where the collector has requested a similar painting to one that had previously sold. This is a reasonably common request; it's only natural to be inspired by a previous artwork and to feel regret for missing that opportunity. Commissioning a similar painting is a great solution to this.

I thought it would be fun to post a few of these recent paintings;- the final commissioned painting and the painting that served as its inspiration.

Pears & Lemons under Sunflowers
20X16                             Acrylic on panel

I think this original painting had sold a few weeks or possibly days, before the collector got the chance to purchase the work. We worked to a very similar size and brief to the original, but made a few changes. Primarily the size or type of the vase, and some of the fruit (both placement and type).

Papayas & Lemons under Sunflowers
20X16                             Acrylic on panel

There's a lot of commonality between the two paintings, but each has it's own unique flair.

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Sun over calm
23.5 X 23.5                             Acrylic on canvas

This painting of the Californian coast had been painted and sold a good number of years ago. The collector was in love with the square format of the painting, and it's color design/choices. Together we worked on capturing a lot of that ambiance to a different scene. The two locations are actually physically pretty close to each other, and an area that I have painted often.

Sun over Cove
24X24                             Acrylic on canvas

 Since the original had been painting some years ago, my style and brush work had changed slightly. It was a fun challenge to try and recapture some of the past, and imitate my old approach/technique.

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Daffodils on flower patterned tablecloth
34 X 34                             Acrylic on wood

Tulips & Papaya with blue
30 X 30                             Acrylic on canvas

The commission brief was to incorporate designs from two paintings, (see above). I worked with the collectors with my usual method of sharing various sketches and designs, until it was agreed what was needed from each 'inspiration' painting to be incorporated into the final design & painting.

Daffodil with Avocado & lemons on blue
34X34                             Acrylic on wood

What I enjoy about this painting is you can see elements, colors and ideas from each of the paintings within the commissioned piece, however it also sits proudly on its own!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Another new painting

Another recent painting.

2 cloth series - Delph., Poppies, Plums & lemons
32X22                                      Acrylic

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


A recent Iris painting. I've been enjoying playing with the symmetry of fruit placements.

A few days after finishing, I noticed a tiny area I'd forgotten to paint. I decided I liked it, and have left it, as is. Can you spot what I missed?

Iris bouquet with fruit on red cloth
36X24 Acrylic

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Forthcoming Workshop in Carmel, CA

Join me for a workshop in Carmel, CA on March the 16th -18th, at Carmel Visual Arts. Follow the link for more info.