This painting was named 'shifting sand' because it reminds me of the rocks and sand left by the tide at the beach. I feel like this piece was super special because the palette is very minimal, and this is something I'd like to continue to explore in my work.
My client for this commission has very specific taste and style in her home and wanted to capture her style in this painting. Her home interior features lots of whites, creams and neutrals with hints of sage greens and dusty mint colours. She put together an amazing mood board, and I got started.
Her taste was super refined so I wanted to capture this in the painting. She liked these images of thick paint creating texture and then combining this with minimal colour, so I used my palette knife and layers of gesso to create the final textural piece. I also added pops of very subtle sage colours in to create a tiny bit of contrast - but the initial change in colour is so subtle that its almost unnoticeable! Once I had the texture and colours finalised, I then went in with finer details and small brushes to create linear mark making which added some more detail to the piece.
These are some of the images Claire sent to me in regards to colour palette for the piece. You can see how this would tie in to her guest bedroom palette - think fresh, contemporary with warm terracotta colours. I got started and sent her pictures and videos throughout the process. My first attempt with this piece was a bit pink, and had to reign it back in to become a bit more neutral. This happens more often than not on a commission, and why it is so important to me to work closely with the customer to make sure I am on the right track for their vision of what they want in the room, as well as mine. I find working with the customer closely to be more rewarding, as its more like a 'collaboration' and makes it much more interior focused.
The guest bedroom has a definite Scandinavian look, along with eclectic ceramics and warm tones in the furnishings. I was particularly inspired by the ceramics and pottery pictured in the lower left image. I wanted to capture the textures, beiges and clay colours which capture the room so well.
The finished piece...
Ta-da! The finished painting. I called this 'clay sunset'. Clay because it reminds me of handmade pottery, sunset because of the warm colours and fades. You can see how the colour palettes that Claire had chosen & the mixture of the existing room interior has influenced the final piece. The size for this was 600 x 600mm, and was mostly acrylic combined with some collage to create a lot of texture.
I dropped this off to Claire as she is Glasgow based, and it was amazing seeing it being featured in her open virtual house at the weekend along with all of the other goodies on offer (the full video I will link below). You can shop the look for this bedroom and the rest of the house via her website.
This piece was a pleasure to do, I had so much fun, and it looks amazing combined with her eclectic taste - now I can't wait to get started on my next piece!