I like to experiment with different backgrounds to some of my abstract and semi-abstract landscapes and flower paintings. I initially painted a much smaller version of this painting and a customer asked whether it would be possible for me to paint it on to a much larger canvas. The customer was looking for a very large painting that would work with the red and brown shades that he has in his room. There are always differences when you scale up a painting is this way but overall I am very happy with the finished artwork.
There is an orange sky that fades to white on the horizon. The foreground features a base colour of green that again fades to near white on the horizon. On top of that I have applied many different colours of paint to represent the stems of flowers and grass. It is quite a time-consuming way of painting as I like to wait for each colour or two to partially dry before applying another colour or two. This prevents the colours from running and mixing with one another which I am generally trying to avoid with this style of painting, unlike with some other work that I do.
The final stage of the painting is to apply the abstract flower heads, splashing and dripping a lot of paint on to the canvas. I have mainly used red, but also some other colours too here and there. Very little in nature is ever entirely one colour and so I like to reflect this in my art.
- Acrylic paint on canvas
- Approximate size: 160 x 107.5 cm
- Signed on the front and back
I emailed the customer some photos of the painting. The customer then asked if I could add some extra red splashes to the flower section of the painting. He also emailed me a photo of a section of the large rug that’s in the room where the painting would be going. The customer asked if I could add some purple/beetroot colour to the flower section of the painting as well.
I’m always more then happy to oblige with such requests (it’s part of the service that I offer) and so I added some more red and purple to the painting and then emailed the customer photos of the updated artwork. I also pointed out that with these very large canvases the colours depicted in the photos are often not quite as vivid as they are in reality – I’m still working on improving my photography. The customer was then happy with the updated painting and we proceeded to arrange a time for him to collect it from me in Central London a few days later.
Update: This customer has now got the painting stretched in London. He kindly emailed me this photo showing the painting hanging in his home.