In the Studio: New Project

Studio "In the Studio" will be a continuing segment over the course of this blog about work and projects that are being done in this space.  With these segments, I hope to share with the reader what I am working on and possibly even how this small space changes and adapts to each project, in order to give insight into my work process. As you can see in the photo, it is a small space where big things happen.

I am currently beginning a new commissioned project that I am very excited about. The project is for a site specific location in a private residence, and poses many interesting challenges. Specifically, the space in which the finished work will hang is large and will be viewed from many angles. Therefore, the orientation of the work must fit the space and be appealing from all viewpoints. Also, fitting the large canvases in my studio in order to view them as I work has proved difficult. However, along with these challenges, I have had much freedom and involvement in the decision making process, and am confident that the piece will be enjoyed by the patrons and compliment the house that it will be placed in.

The location where the painting will be hung is at the top of a large, open staircase by the entryway of the house. Images of this can be seen below.

Site Specific

Site Specific

Site Specific

The patrons and I discussed how to best orient a large painting to fit the area, and decided upon a triptych (three canvases to create one piece of work) set-up to avoid obstruction from the hand rails. The center canvas will replace the mirror seen in the images above, and the two smaller canvases will be placed on each side, above the sight lines of the hand rails.

I have purchased supplies as well as the canvases for the project and have re-primed them in order to make a more substantial surface to paint on. The dimensions of each canvas are 24"x 36", 72"x 48", and 24"x 36". Below are images of the canvas layout as well as the process of priming.

Three Canvas

3 Canvas

Now that the canvases are ready, I am in the process of making composition studies for the final painting. With the help of the patrons, I have decided on specific colors and themes, and now hope to finalize the composition and begin painting. Check back for updates on this project as I continue working.