Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My first International Commission!

oil on canvas

I had a client contact me via the website. He was looking at my vespa series and was wondering if I had any larger paintings for a certain wall he had in mind. I told him I could work with him in painting something specifically for him. He liked the 24x24 size and was wondering if I could include a "Mod" guy in with the a certain model Vespa, the Lambretta. I drew this sketch as an initial idea:
He was okay with it, but during the night I came across a photo of a man in a mod Nehru jacket, [anyone under 40 will not know about Nehru jackets and love beads] and he was leaning against a Bentley. I submitted this sketch and he likes this pose better:
The photo reference had the man leaning face on with his arms at his sides. I asked my son's friend to pose for me:
Which resulted in this nearly done painting I submitted to the client:
Well as you can see from the end painting, the client changed his mind on the "mod" attire and wanted a more up to date look. He gave his final approval for the finished painting: *phew* and as soon as it drys a few more days, I hope to get it on its way to Belfast, Ireland.


Art By Erika said...

Excellent piece Sheila congratulations! What detailed yet not overdone job!!! Glad to hear Fine Art America worked out. I opened an account a while back but haven't pursued, haven't had time to read details. Congratulations again YAY YOU!!!

Art Collector's Corner said...

Great story behind the painting!
Also, love the story behind the Chicken painting!!
And thank you for following us!!!

AutumnLeaves said...

These little motorbikes are always so gorgeous when you do them. Adding the man was a fabulous idea! I love how you had your son's friend pose for you...I've done that once with my daughter just so I could make sure I got the proper look to a composition. What a cool thing to have someone commission you from Ireland! Congratulations, Sheila, and I so appreciate your comments. You do know how much I value your friendship, right? And your opinions! I am a member of Fine Art America but I don't have anything posted there, by the way.

Dean H. said...

Congrats on the commission, Sheila!
They can be nail biters...Lol.
Your painting looks great!
Also love that air born, striding, chicken from the previous post.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

WOW Sheila what a hot piece.
Congratulation on the commissin.
I am doing very well with Fine Art America with my prints.
Happy you sold an original.
Go Sheila Go!!!

David Larson Evans said...

Sheila goes global! I Love the chicken painting also.

Ellen Burkett said...

Great story! Great work!

artbyakiko said...

Congrat's on your commission, Sheila. It's turned out GREAT! I also love your kitty and chicken paintings.

Gwen Bell said...

Groovy! This painting is so much fun and has such terrific style. Big congrats on a great Commission!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Commissions are so much more difficult. Clients are always changing their minds! But, you stuck with it and and he/she is happy with the results. Congratulations!

Rosemary said...

Sheila I love this! Congratulations! Thanks for posting the wip story! Glad to hear good things about Fine Art America! Great painting!

The Chicken painting/story is super too!

maria kovalenko leysens said...

HI Sheila,
Just catching up after a long time and love what you have been doing, especially this one. Thanks for sharing your process and work! Nice to see some familiar faces/paintings/comments and blogs.

Paula K. Cravens said...

This is COOL Sheila.