Just a quick post to share a few photos of my latest commission, which I delivered this morning to a client in Greenwich. This was an interesting project for me to undertake as it was very conceptual, compared to past briefs. The client wanted a large canvas for her living room which complimented the current colour scheme and worked with the existing layout. Through initial discussions I was able to gain a clearer picture of the kind of design she was after (e.g. autumnal colours, flowers and a duck egg blue undertone).
I am currently reading the Art Spirit by Robert Henri, who describes how you should structure a composition. He conveys the need for a clear meaning & approach for sharing that meaning before starting any piece of art, be it a portrait, landscape or abstract. It wasn't until Lisa mentioned the purchase of a large circular mosaic mirror, that would be hanging on the opposite wall to the canvas, that the composition came to life. Using the basic shape of the mirror, I was able to replicate it through the design using the Golden Spiral (you can see how this was achieved above).
I have read a lot about the old masters and their use of the Golden Ratio (Golden Section, Golden Spiral, Golden Triangle etc). At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to accommodate the golden ratio, believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing. The golden ratio has fascinated intellectuals for supposedly at least 2,400 years, with the ratio actually linked to the building blocks within nature itself... (the ratio is often denoted by the Greek letter 'Phi').
The photos of preliminary design work illustrate how I developed a concept around the Golden Spiral and framed this with the foliage and background silhouettes. A further undertone to the design is the use of the circular pattern to represent an alignment of planets (e.g. that unique moment where everything is perfect), with the foreground flowers and the dark silhouettes behind both reaching for it. Some venturing off from the path and exiting the canvas, while others compete for the central space on the canvas. I also wanted to achieve a colour palette which went from a cool duck egg blue to warm yellows and oranges, to symbolise the warm rays of light.
You can see how the finished piece was received and how it will hang in Lisa's living room above. I hope she enjoys it and believe it exceeded her expectations (well I hope it did .. I will have to wait until I receive some formal feedback for the website ... )
Dam this has turned into a large post ! If you have made it this far ... I thank you for your commitment to the cause & hope you like the artwork/post!
Adios mi amigos,
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