Monday, April 20, 2009

My Latest Commission


This is a painting I've been working at off and on over the past few weeks. It was created using an old black & white photograph of the scene about 80 years ago. It depicts the client's mother ( around the age of 8 - 10 years old ) standing in front of her childhood home. Since the photo is obviously showing signs of deterioration, the client wanted to have it rendered before the ravages of time make that impossible.
Because the original was in B & W, we had no clue as to the actual colors of the subject's clothing nor the trim on the house. The client requested the colors that were ultimately used.

Because of the amount of detail, I chose to work in Acrylics for this.

9 comments:

Christy McGuire said...

Wonderful job Wilson! The house looks so warm and cozy. (:

Wilson said...

These northern NY winters can be pretty brutal, so yes, it does look rather inviting! lol

Queen*B Studio said...

I am so glad you have shared the final outcome of this piece! Its wonderful, great choice of colours the client ended up choosing. Don't you just love all those straight edges? ;) it was well worth it from what I can see here. I'm sure you have a very enthused client!

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Wilson said...

Yeah, all the parallel clapboard lines were particularly fun. lol
As I said earlier, because the reference was black & white, there was no clue as to actual colors. I was thinking about green trim for the house and brown for the clothing. The client requested the exact opposite. I just thought it was interesting that he chose the same colors, but for different parts.

Mikes1024 said...

Hi Wilson, I think this is a great painting. Old photographs amaze me. I'm sure your client was happy with the results. One day I'll attempt some of my families old photos....thanks for posting this. Michael.

Wilson said...

Yeah, I've done a lot of these types of commissions over the years. Each one presents it's own challeges, so you just have to keep "tweaking" until you've got everything right. It was a pretty fair amount of work, but it was worth it in the end.

Queen*B Studio said...

Happy Earth Day!!!

Wilson said...

I guess I've been too busy. I didn't even know it WAS "Earth Day". lol

Sreejith_Gireesan said...

Hi Wilson, Thanks for posting this wonderful piece of work! As you mentioned in one of your art lesson vedios, You know what is snow and how it looks like!!!