Friday, 17 May 2013

Commissions Completed

Karma
Painting size 15" x 11"

Meet Karma. Following my exhibition opening where I had several animal portraits on show I was asked to paint this Dalmatian in watercolour that is to be a gift from her owner to a special person as a birthday present. Not having done "to order" before I was a little worried about the importance of capturing Karma well enough that her owner would say - yes this is my dog. I need not have worried as her owner is well pleased.
I have also been concentrating on completing some paintings requested by my son and daughter in law to decorate their newly renovated home which they are moving back into this month.This commission really challenged me in every aspect as they were firstly HUGE 90cm x 90cm, secondly in ACRYLIC, a medium I am not experienced in and thirdly required a lot from my imagination as the brief was definitely BRIEF -just  big, colourful and bright and they need to be hung together. After putting my thinking cap on for quite sometime I decided to go semi abstract, base them on their recent overseas travel and call them a series name "Postcards" 1,11,111. They represent holiday memories from Nepal, Italy and Kenya. I delivered them on Tuesday and they have now been hung on the wall and the new owners are thrilled with them. Getting out of my comfort zone in doing all of these paintings has enabled me to realise that if I plan well I can do it. It has however left me feeling a bit drained which I know my fellow artists will understand as we give so much more of ourselves than the physical work in creating art, the emotional input is immeasurable.
Here are the 3 paintings (these photos are not true to square but the best we could capture due to their size) and also how they look on the wall in their new home.
Postcards 1


Postcards 11


Postcards 111





20 comments:

  1. The paintings are gorgeous and I really love the pretty little work of art on the sofa:)

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    1. thanks Candy, my little granddaughter turns one in three weeks

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  2. The dalmation is super and am so impressed with the huge acrylics and how well you have interpreted the brief. What a challenge..... am sure they will be a huge talking for all visitors to their home. Hope all is going well in the new studio, looks like you have lots of room to work big like this!!

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    1. Judith thanks for your lovely comments, without my new studio I could never have attempted these big pieces and I just love being in there

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  3. All complex and difficult, even on commission and for the size. BUT you win the challenge.
    You did a wonderful job and conquered collectors!

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    1. Thank you Rita for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment

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  4. Wow you have done the dotty dog perfect. Excellent work Lorraine. I havnt been around for a while so I take it the exhibition went well. Never doubted it

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    1. Hi Paul, yes it went very well, nice to hear from you again

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  5. Congratulations on all your hard work, Lorraine. It is paying off. Your venture into "abstract" is a good one - it shows your inspiration and came out great. Love your grandchild sitting on that couch, too - cute! The dog is amazing!

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    1. Your continued support Terry is so so appreciated, Tilly is turning one next month, what a quick year it has been. I am having a rest for 2 days from painting this weekend so hopefully my batteries will get charged

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  6. You did an amazing job on both the dog and the big semi-abstracts , they make quite a scene there on the wall !

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  7. Thanks Jane, I must admit I surprised myself with the large ones but it certainly boosts ones confidence

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  8. Lorraine I can imagine how happy Karma's owner is with that great doggie portrait. And what a relief to have finished your very large Postcard series for more happy owners. Those pieces are stunning. Thanks for showing us how they look on the wall!

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    1. It was a relief that Karma looked like Karma Sherry, being my first animal commission was a bi scary, hope I will get more confident if I get asked to do another. Thanks for you very kind comment on my Postcard acrylic series

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  9. Wow, Lorraine, congratulations on the fantastic job you did for your son and daughter in law. Amazing and so beautiful on their wall. How well you represented those countries. Big fat compliment!!
    Karma is also lovely! She has a realistic nose and the eyes are adorable. So nice painted. I love it!!

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    1. Thanks for your great feedback Renate, always appreciated

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  10. It is so good to be home and be able to sit and visit blogs again. First of all I love the paintings from your exhibit...congrats!!! The recent paintings of the dogs are great and the acrylics look lovely! Glad to see you are challenging yourself. I posted a few paintings from my trip and I have a lot more to do.

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    1. Nice to hear from you Joan and that you had a great break, look forward to seeing your trip inspired paintings

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