What Goes Around: New Commission
This piece is one of my most recent commissions, purchased along with two others by a woman from Sweden. I love the commission process, not only because I am just so honoured that people want to purchase my work but also because it really shifts the energy of the work itself. Typically if I'm just painting for myself then I paint with reckless abandon, without concern for what the finished product will look like and more interest in the movement of the paint and the way the layers interact with each other. With commissions the process is a little more rigid, which is interesting in its own way. The pieces vary quite a bit, sometimes clients want me to do whatever I want and sometimes they have a very specific vision. Working on something for a specific person feels much more like a collaboration than just my own invention.
This one feels extra special to me and I'm still trying to wrap my head around why exactly. The only direction that I was given on it was to use these specific shades of blue and green, I developed the rest of the colour scheme through studies and intuition. I think part of the reason that I am so attached to this one is that it's the first time that someone I have never met commissioned me for a large scale piece. It's taken me a few years to get to the point where I really trust my work, and it's given me such a sense of accomplishment that a complete stranger trusts my work too. This piece marks an arrival.