Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Transported to the Tuscan Countryside

The weather's a little crazy with so much rain in May, but I'm not going to complain because I know how hot the summers get here. I'm not in a hurry for that! Unfortunately, it did effect my painting schedule. I finally finished this week.

The first final version

The final step was painting the crumbling wall with exposed brick. I also added long cracks with rocks broken out. In addition, the client requested a embossment around the door. He felt it need a little more depth.

The left side of the exposed brick wall

After sitting with it for a day or two, the clients decided they wanted to take out and rearrange some elements.

The first version of the left side

Even though I painted it exactly like my sketch, they decided they wanted a few changes. This totally fine because it's their wall and they are the ones who are going to be living with it. 

The second final version. The client wanted to remove the large brick area on the bottom left. They felt it distracted from the scene in the arch.  They also requested I add a small brick area on the bottom right to incorporate some real exposed bricks and removed the circular chips in the wall.

So it is clear to perspective clients and to avoid any problems, it is written in my contract that any major changes made to the painting after the sketch approval will be an extra charge. I've never had a problem with a client about it, but better safe than sorry.

The final mural

In the end, you want the client to be happy with their artwork while maintaining the integrity of your work.


Anonymous said...

Awesome. Your best work so far.

Harriett said...

Really beautiful, Valerie. I'm sure that you will get a lot of work from the people who have seen this in person.

Ben Clanton said...

So amazing! Thank you for sharing about the process of making this mural. Such a fantastic finish.

My Mid-Afternoon Daydream said...

It's always interesting to me how nitpicky a client can get when they're looking at the ongoing progress. The tiniest details can jump out at them and become real issues. If they had seen the work only in an end "reveal" I wonder if they would have felt that way about the brick areas?? Anyway, my two cents :o)

I absolutely love it of course - it's fantastic! And I am especially digging your magical world.