Friday, May 07, 2010

"Sunset Grain Elevator" - Commission Project

This is a commision project that I finished over Christmas break last year. It was ordered for a couple's anniversary gift and they gave the painting to each other. I'm always happy to do art, but it makes it especially fun when I know it means something particular to the people I'm making it for. The finished size is 36"x60". It had to be shipped to California, and in case your wondering, that was the biggest size they'll ship before it has to be considered freight. I'm glad we didn't have to go that route. I started out with the canvas, which I stretched and primed myself since no one in Bozeman sells them that large. I then do the linework and tape it off with tissue paper so that when I paint the background it doesn't splatter into the areas I wanted to stay white. Then the tissue is removed and the linework is reinforced with Sharpie and lineweight added. Then the details are filled in with the water soluble pencil, and there you have it...a painting. That is the format I generally follow for all paintings.

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