A recent buyer of an SallyE abstract painting asked me to produce another painting in a larger size. She didn’t ask that the new painting be the same as the first one, only that it be mostly red.
This seems doable to most people, especially the art buyer, but there are a few problems.
Artist SallyE – me, of course – produces small abstracts. I don’t do commissions, usually, and my paintings are almost all different. Can I produce the painting in the size my buyer wants? Will she like the results as long as it’s mostly red? It’s a dilemma.
Artist SallyE: In the Beginning….
The story of my art is that in the beginning I was afraid to mess up a big canvas, so my first paintings were on 5″ x 7″ heavy artist paper. I learned techniques, materials, and tools with those first small paintings. (A few of the good ones are still available here.)
Moving on to larger sizes as I felt comfortable with my tools and techniques, I learned that each successive size increase meant I needed new, broader strokes, bigger brushes and, obviously, canvases to produce my abstract designs.
Today’s Abstract Paintings by Artist SallyE
Now 18″x24″ canvases and boards are my usual. The new buyer I mentioned before wants larger than that, which I haven’t done before – another potential problem. The size the potential buyer wants is 30″x 40″. That is a substantial increase from the size I’m doing these days.
What would you do?
I’m confident I can do a large abstract like this, but I don’t know if I can do it in one.
You know what I want to do, right?
I want to try it out with inexpensive materials and new tools, bigger broader strokes until I’m comfortable with this size. Then I will do the large, red abstract for my new buyer. She’ll love it!!
I’m feeling better about doing commissions, but not totally confident. With some thought and practice I think I should be able to do whatever the art collector wants, as long as it isn’t a painting of her dog.
I’ll post here again when I get the project done, probably in a few months. Let me know what you think of my problem and my possible solution.
Thanks for taking a look here. Come again soon.