Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Alberta Fall" 60x24 Commission

Alberta Fall, 60 x 24, thick acrylic on canvas
The family that commissioned the 9'x12' needed another painting for their living room.  It was the only bare wall left!  They asked me to paint them an Aspen scene with lots of red and orange to go with the accents in their home.  We brought Alberta Fall with us when we delivered the big commission.  It was lovely to see both paintings hanging up, bringing so much color to their home!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Lake Louise, revisited

After delivering and hanging the painting in our client's home in Calgary...we took a few days to revisit the location that inspired it all: Lake Louise.  It was as breathtaking as ever!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

9' x 12' Commission Completed: Part 8

The painting is hung.  I'm all finished.  It was the most thrilling commission I've ever done--definitely the largest of my career.  Just the sheer size of it made it especially exciting to do.  I love painting big, and this gave me the opportunity to do something I've only dreamed about.  My clients were so wonderful and easy to work with.  They gave me all the freedom and creativity I needed to make this project a success.  They let me just go!  And seeing their delight in the finished piece...that was the icing on the cake.  They were very pleased--even stated they couldn't imagine their wall (or home) without it!  It was exciting just being a part of it all.  What a journey!
The painting looks perfect on that wall!  Such a lovely home. This is my favorite style of house for my work--contemporary yet classical with monochromatic tones of beige and dark brown.  Perfect backdrop for my colorful artwork. 
Another view of the painting.  You can see it from all angles of the house.  It really brings a lot of color to space!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

9' x 12' Commission--The Hanging: Part 7

After we brought the canvas roll inside the house, professional framers took over.  They did a phenomenal job. They re-assembled the wooden supports, and stretched the painting back onto the frame.  It took them 4 hours! 
It was a poignant moment for me to see my client view the painting for the very first time.  It had been months in the making--lots of emails back and forth and phone calls.  She had been thinking about this painting for years--even before she met me.  And it was finally finished.  Her wall would never be bare again.  This painting was created specifically for her and her beautiful home. She was smiling!
Hanging the painting up on this very high wall was quite a feat!  It took four men on three ladders to do the job.  But at last it was in place.  It looked stunning hanging there!  Truly, the perfect piece for that space.  What a treat to be able to see the entire process--from beginning to end! 

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Friday, October 14, 2011

9' x 12' Commission--Transporting to Canada: Part 6

Many of you have wondered how we were going to transport a 9' x 12' painting to Canada.  Quite frankly, we weren't too sure ourselves...but my genius husband figured it all out.  Truly, all I do is paint.  He's the logistics man!  There really is no way to get a 9' x 12' canvas through a door, so the only way to do it, is to take the painting off the stretcher bars and to roll it around a 12' tube.  This was done very carefully, with bubble wrap in between the layers.  Matt engineered a way to suspend the wrapped canvas in our cargo trailer without the canvas rubbing or touching any surface.  It worked out beautifully!  Painting arrived in Alberta Canada in perfect condition.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

9' x 12' Commission--"Alberta Majesty": Part 5

Hurray! The painting is finished!! Clients approved it this morning. I'm taking it up to them in Canada this week. I'll be sure to post another pic when we get it hung on their gigantic wall.

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