Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Owls Commission

I don't think I ever showed you guys here on the blog the commission I did of the owls with the castle in the background.   This is a massive painting I did on wood. Put a ton of hours into it. I hope you guys like it, I was very happy with how it turned out.
Working on a piece like that is kind of like having a child. You know every intricate detail of the painting, every hidden secret and emotion, and you see yourself in it. And you can step back and marvel at something you created. Something that didn't exist before and now does exist, only because of you. And then it's a little hard to let go of. But luckily the couple that commissioned me to do this piece are 2 of my favorite people and this thing is going to a great home. Plus I did it specifically for them, they came to me with the concept, told me what they wanted, and I filled in the rest.  So I couldn't be happier knowing that it's on their wall and being looked at by them everyday.
If you look close up you'll find all sorts of neat little stuff in here. I glued down pages out of destroyed vintage books and painted over them, all sorts things to look at.

Me holding the painting, gives you an idea of the size. Here I am, a sketch card artist packing detail into pieces only 2.5" 3.5" and I'm asked to do this giant thing. I'm not gonna lie, I had a blast. It had been too long since I really got get my hands dirty on a big painting. 

Progress shot. This piece was very heavy and large, so I had to use a table with a vice built into it to hold it straight up and down while I painted. Stubbed my toe on the legs of that table many times during the course of painting on it.

Progress shot showing how large the owl's head was compared to my own.

Progress shot as I was finishing the castle. 

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