Sunday, May 29, 2011

The First Commission is Finished!

I decided to work on the smaller commission of the school building first. I was asked to paint a picture of the front entrance of the school. The commission will be a gift for the principal who is leaving this school to open a brand new school nearby. It felt symbolic to me to paint the school at the end of the day as the sun sets behind the building.

I used quite a bit of artistic license from the reference photo, changing the sky and lighting levels and adding in the hanging baskets which do get put up but weren't out when the photo was taken. I also cut out quite a bit of the trees that almost covered the sky from this angle. I wanted a more open inviting look. This is a gallery wrapped painting so the painting continues around all four sides.

 I just need to fix and varnish it now and then it will be ready for my client.