Over the last few weeks I have been working on a new commission. The brief was to create a painting which captured this beautiful lady’s character and her gorgeous dog, Nikko, a white Siberian Malamute.
I thought you might like to see the process I use, when taking a Commission.
This Commission has been created for someone who makes Dreamcatchers so initially I met with the client to get as much information as possible. I decided to use a Round Canvas, as the client wanted to frame the painting as if it were a Dreamcatcher when finished.
I had a bespoke canvas made by Harris-Moore – 50 cm round (20″) by 45 mm deep .
After receiving photos, and gathering as much information as I could I began by using the Mische Technique. Under painting in black and white, building up the layers of darks and lights, adding a layer of Pyrrole Scarlet. Once dry I then picked out the shadows and highlights with Plaka and Van Dyke Brown.
When the Scarlet was dry I added a layer of Cadmium Yellow. Again allowing that to dry I then picked out the darks and lights as before using Plaka, but this time molding and shaping, following the contours of the skin and hair.
A layer of Cobalt Teal series 5 mixed with Damar Varnish and Linseed oil in very thin amounts, makes the painting ‘pop’, and brings out all the other colours of the rainbow. I began to pick out the darks and lights and added layer after layer of colour with thin oils to bring out features, textures and tone of skin and fur.
This process takes time, but with patience the painting gradually takes shape
The client requested I create a Dreamcatcher inside the painting, as if she was actually in the Dream
and this is the finished result, ………… !
Of course, now this image will soon be available as coasters, table mats, mugs, and other products as well.