Several months ago, I was contacted by my friend. I was surprised by his call because we hardly communicated since he left the school (used to teach at the same school) where I am. Even more surprising is that the call was not the usual hi, how are you, let's meet up for a beer or two. This time was different because he informed me that his wife wants to commission me for a painting. That would have been just fine as I could always use the extra dough. I asked him to show his wife what kind of stuff I do so that she would have an idea what she's going to get should the plans push through.
Several minutes, I suppose right after the wife has seen my works, he contacted me again to tell me that they liked what they saw. Now, I was getting excited. I asked him how big the painting would be. Now, that was the real surprise. He said about 60" X 144"! I was kind of shock. "Hey, that is quite big!" THen he goes, "I know. My wife's worry now is if she can afford you." So, I gave him a rough estimate and offered to see the wall first to get the right dimensions. Of course, at this time, I was already praying that the project would go through.
About a few weeks thereafter, my friend came to see me in school. He asked if I could go with him that following Saturday. I said yes. And so, we went to his house and I made some measurements and closed the deal.
Since I don't have a studio where I can work on a huge piece like this one, I asked if they would be willing for a triptych, a three-paneled painting. I was happy that they agreed. Fast forward to three months, constantly purchasing more oils, and the painting is done.
When I showed them the picture, my friend said the wife liked it but would like to know my thought process while I was doing the pieces. Well, nothing much. I just kept in mind that they wanted it green, mind the composition, have several families, and always, always check the color harmony. Voila! here it is:
Oil on Canvas
4' X 11'
owner: Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sabat
Labels: art, friends, painting