At my show last year, this same collector was torn between two paintings, and ended up choosing a watercolor titled "Waiting". The other painting she loved is called "Country Road". Because she loved the subject matter in that painting, I decided to include a country road in her companion piece, as well as the fence she requested.
Autumn Fence is done in oil paints. The way I usually begin an oil painting is with an acrylic underpainting, toning the entire canvas so there is no white left. (Not all of my oil paintings are done this way - but most of my landscapes are.) In the photo I took of the companion piece and the original painting, you can see the underpainting, and how it continues the theme of Autumn Fence, along with the country road.
|Companion piece to Autumn Fence |
- a work in progress in oil paint
I think I must be somewhat ADD as I tend to have a number of pieces on the go at the same time - usually in different mediums. That way, I can leave a painting for a while if I have come up against a difficult area, and when I go back to it, the solution seems to be waiting for me. I have procrastinated in doing this commission for over a month, thinking about how to make it work - and the idea of the road just came to me. Now I can tackle it with gusto, knowing she will like this composition! (She told me there was no rush to get this piece done, so I felt comfortable waiting to begin. :-)