A customer asked if I could paint a similar version of the modern art green tree painting he had seen online. Every painting I do is unique but, when requested, I try to create a similar painting to one that a customer has seen. I particulary enjoy painting these semi-abstract trees with the multi-coloured grass at the base, the wide tree trunk and then the leaf section where I energetically splash and drip a lot of paint on to the canvas.
When I’m commissioned to paint a new picture I ask the customer if he or she would like any colours to be particularly prominent. In this case the customer asked if the green leaves could feature ‘apple green’ quite heavily. I mixed up a jar of paint that approximated to apple green and applied this to the canvas along with all the other colours.
When the painting was finished I emailed the customer a number of photos, both full length pictures of the painting and detailed close ups. The customer seemed very happy with the painting but did ask if I could add some extra pink to the grass and trunk and extra purple to the leaf section. This was to help the painting tie in to the colour scheme of the room it was going in, especially as my paintings are normally quite large. The customer even emailed me the particular pink and purple colour shades he ideally wanted, which was very helpful.
I was more than happy to oblige and once I had added these extra colours and the painting had dried again I emailed him some more photos. The customer was then happy to sign the painting off as finished.
I prefer to let a professional picture framer stretch or frame my artwork, rather than try to do it myself. I was able to recommend to this customer an affordable picture framer in south-east London. I then sent the painting directly to this picture framer as a rolled-up canvas and in the next few days the customer will be able to collect it from the picture framer once it has been stretched.
Here are some other versions of this tree painting I’ve created for other customers. The first one is my most recent and it has less purple and a little more yellow than the painting above. As you can see, each of these tree paintings is unique, but when asked to do so, I try to re-create a picture along similar lines to the one that a customer has seen. I’m meeting the customer for the left-hand painting in Central London on Saturday for him to collect it from me. I tend to deliver paintings to London every 2 weeks or so.