Last month I was approached via Facebook by someone who purchased a photographic print on canvas after seeing it at North East Open Studios in 2012.
|Ythan Estuary print ©Fenfolio2012|
She and her husband were now looking for a colourful painting to be hung on a large wall in their house and "Geoflow" caught their eye after checking out my website. It was created and sold in 2011 and consists of 6 panels, each panel represents a natural element whereby the Western (fire, earth, water and air) and Eastern philosophy (Wu Xing; wood, metal, fire, water and earth) is combined.You can read more about the concept in this blog article.
After discussing the details, measuring up the wall and designing some options in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for them to get an idea how it would look, I sent them my proposal. I was delighted of course it was accepted! It meant the run up to Christmas would be busy for me so I started work rightaway.
Compared to the previous version this painting would be 4 times bigger. Each panel measures 80 x 15 cm. Because it had to stand out in a large space and the customer likes paintings in impasto (thick paint where painting strokes are visible) I had to build up the various layers of texture and acrylic paint carefully, with enough drying time in between. All in all it took me about 5 weeks to complete!
I laid out all canvas panels in my living room (my studio is too small!) with 5 cm in between each panel. The centre of the circle was carefully determined and a circle was drawn in pencil with a string (with the help of my supporting husband). Below is a summary of the creative process per element.
Work process "Wood":
1. Applied Golden heavy molding paste in two layers for the top section (bark)
2. Base colour of a mix of Galeria VanDyke's Brown and Paynes Gray
3. Thin layer of Golden regular gel semi-gloss in the circle
4. Mix Cryla Lemon Yellow and Phtalo Green with Golden extra heavy gel matte. While still damp, add extra yellow and green with palette knife for light and dark areas
5. While still damp, draw lines with shaper and remove excess paint
6. Dry brush Cryla Phtalo Green and dry brush Cryla Lemon Yellow
7. Paint circle lines in mix Galeria VanDyke's Brown and Paynes Gray with toothpick
8. Drybrush mix Cryla Phtalo Green + Lemon Yellow in top section
9. Satin varnish
|Element "Wood" ©Fenfolio2015|
Work process "Earth":
1. Sculpted ridges with Golden light molding paste with palette knife (3 layers)
2. Layer of gesso
3. High horizontal areas painted in mix of Galeria Pale Umber and Buff Titanium with gradation in tone and colour nearing vertical ridges
4. Cryla Zinc White for highlights
5. Golden soft gel matte and sprinkled fine sand found in Yell (Shetland) which includes schist.
6. New layer of Golden soft gel matte to seal sand
7. Vertical ridges in between higher areas painted in mix of VanDyke Brown and Black
8. Galeria Black Lava Gel medium on dark areas
9. Galeria Satin Varnish
|Element "Earth" ©Fenfolio2015|
Work Process "Air":
1. Applied Golden Fiber paste for area outside circle (2 layers)
2. Layer of gesso
3. Painted area outside circle in mix of diluted Cryla Zinc White and Quin. Deep Purple
4. Diluted Cryla Maroon
5. Undiluted Cryla Maroon
6. Undiluted mix of Cryla Maroon and Deep Violet
7. Top: added mix of Cryla Deep Violet and Paynes Gray
8. Added Cryla Zinc White to higher parts in texture
9. Inside circle: painted in mix of Cryla Quin. Deep Purple, Zinc White and touch of Deep Violet
10. Inside circle: mix of Golden regular gel semi-gloss, Cryla Deep Purple and Zinc White.
11. Inside circle: Cryla Zinc White to higher parts in texture
12. Galeria Satin Varnish
|Element "Air" ©Fenfolio2015|
Work process "Fire":
1. Base colour of a mix of Galeria VanDyke Brown and Payne's Gray
2. Outside circle: added mix of Cryla Pyrrole Scarlet and Lemon Yellow with Golden extra heavy gel matte with palette knife (two layers)
3. Inside circle: added mix of Cryla Lemon Yellow, Pyrrole Scarlet with Golden extra heavy gel matte with palette knife
4. Galeria Satin Varnish
|Element "Fire" ©Fenfolio2015|
Work process "Metal":
1. Inner circle: glued kitchen foil in folds with Golden soft gel
2. Inner circle: diluted Cryla Payne's Gray
3. Inner circle: dry brush Cryla Payne's Gray on higher areas of texture
4. Outside area: glued kitchen foil flat Golden soft gel
5. Outside area: slightly diluted Cryla Payne's Gray, press in cling film and take off immediately
6. Galeria Satin Varnish
|Element "Metal" ©Fenfolio2015|
Work process "Water":
1. Outside circle: base colour of a mix of Cryla Payne's Gray and Ultramarine
2. Layer of Golden regular gel semi-gloss
3. Mix of Golden regular gel semi-gloss with Cryla Ultramarine, Phtalo green, Phtalo Blue Red Shade, Manganese Blue and Zinc White with with palette knife (2 layers)
4. Inside circle: mix of mainly Cryla Zinc White and Golden regular gel semi-gloss with a few touches of same colours as above
5. Galeria Satin Varnish
|Element "Water" ©Fenfolio2015|
This is the complete painting hung on the wall.
|Geoflow Large on wall ©Fenfolio2015|
As you can see the hanging was quite awkward because the wall is really high and everything had to be aligned perfectly. A few good tools and some great teamwork we managed to do it in two hours. The customer is delighted with their painting and that means I'm happy too. What a wonderful way to finish 2015 on such a high note!
|Geoflow Large on wall in newly decorated room|