Thursday, June 30, 2011

9' x 12' Commission--Biggest of my Career!

You can imagine my delight when Canadian clients asked if I could paint them a large 9' x 12' painting for their home in Alberta.  They knew this was big--even for me, and wondered if it was even possible.  They weren't interested in splitting up the canvas into two or three panels...but rather envisioned one big, dramatic eye stopper that you would see the moment you entered the house. They had a two-story wall that needed some artwork...and both husband and wife had finally agreed that one of my paintings would be perfect for the space.  I flew out to Canada to visit their home, view "The Wall" and tour their surrounding area for painting inspiration.  The moment I saw "Lake Louise" and the gorgeous Canadian Rockies...I knew exactly what I wanted to paint for them. 
My husband and I spent a couple of days touring the gorgeous landscape of Alberta, but it was Lake Louise that caught my attention.  The pale aqua color of the water was mind boggling.  So beautiful!  And the Rockies!  I have yet to see a more dramatic mountain range.  It completely took my breath away!
Lake Louise with wildflowers.  This is actually the scene that inspired the painting! 
Surrounding Lake Louise are forests of Aspens.  My specialty!  The painting had to have Aspens in it.  This was becoming my perfect commission!  The pieces were falling together.

Back at their home, I presented my idea.  The painting would be Lake Louise with the Rockies in the background.  Colorful wild flowers would be in the foreground, flanked on either side by Aspen trees. I could already see the finished piece in my mind's eye and knew it would be perfect for their home.  I just hoped they could see it too and give me the okay.  To my delight, they were completely thrilled with the idea.  The husband's only request was to have a path somewhere in the painting.  He wanted the painting to have a sense of "depth"--like you're looking through a window.  The wife was thinking about the colors.  She wanted the painting to contain hints of coral and red, to match the accent colors of her house--but nothing too garish or overwhelming.  She felt if the painting was over colorful...they would tire of it easily.  Since this was to be the major focal point of the home, they wanted it to be a scene they could enjoy forever.  Not a problem, I told them.  They were singing my tune.  I knew I was the perfect artist for the job.  I just couldn't wait to get back to the studio and start their painting!  Now to figure out the logistics of how to exactly paint it!  This will be a lot of fun...

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