Color sketch for "The Parkin Mansion". Sorry-I had to take the picture while under glass
Not everyone will want to pick up on this tip but for those of you that are serious about making your customers happy a color sketch before starting the real thing is a wise choice. It will even save you some, "But I don't like it"(said in a whiny voice), grief. That equals to, in the long run, time saved, essentially. When I really became serious about commissions I decided to take this upon myself. I did a very simple color sketch and went over it with a client to get their thoughts. The one that I've included in this post is the sketch I've done for "The Parkin Mansion"-which is really the "Christmas Box" house.
"The Parkin Mansion". I have cards as well as prints of this for sale on Etsy (see link)
For those of you (2 in America) that don't know about that book it was a NY Time bestseller by Richard Paul Evans and made into a movie with Maureen O'Hara (hey, she means a lot to the Baby Boomer Gen.). Anyway, he didn't like the carriage that I had put in the painting. Now think if I had done the final painting without consulting him and then had to take it off? Carriages wouldn't be a skip in the park as far as creating them on canvas. It only took me a small amount of time to do the color sketch carriage-so, no grief here when I banished it from the finale. As it turned out he liked the painting enough to hang it by his desk in his office (last time I saw) and I went on to do 2 more paintings for him. It was an incredible experience. Any of you want to hear more about it-just let me know and I'll tell you about it in a post. It was just miraculous, no kidding.
Art History Moment: These are mosaics that Gaudi did in Barcelona and they are unbelievable. You painting guys-look there's a whole new world of art to explore out there! As I said in previous posts, I did a lot of broken china mosaics last year. For the few left brainish artists in the world-me for one-that love jigsaw puzzles, well, I can guarantee that you would love to do it. It's so much fun and one of those things that you go into the studio for 5 minutes and come back out after 2 hours. It's addictive. Anyway, just wanted to show you some other aspects of Gaudi-the unusual Spanish artist from around the early 1900's. I really didn't know about the mosaics until I ran into one of my former customers and he had just been to Barcelona. He expounded about how much he loved seeing his work. So, ENJOY!