Custom piece for Jenna L :)
Untitled 1 & 2, 2009
Okay, so I promised this post didn’t I?
For those interested I am offering up my new work as gifts! They are about 1’ x 1’ shadowboxes that come in either a white or black 3/4” wide frame. The pieces I have already made are for sale, while the option of a completely custom piece is also available. I can create something new using the same materials I have already used in other pieces, or I can incorporate any materials you have from home.
Depending on the project I expect prices may vary, but the range will be somewhere along the lines of $150.00.
Surprise! I also draw custom greeting cards. I make these using stiff card stock and black ink. They’re a nice compliment to a gift when you hate all the cheesy Christmas cards at Hallmark (psh and you know they’re just going to throw the card out anyways!).
Depending on the project and size I expect prices may vary, but the range will be somewhere along the lines of $10.00 - $18.00 (Note: it can also be displayed as a print afterwards).
I think that covers most of it. Yay Christmas! A lot of the custom projects I get involved in requires phone chats or coffee meetings to discuss specifics and I expect there will be lots of questions, so don’t be shy and I’d love to catch up either way :)
In my new works the materials take precedence and speak for themselves. I’ve found that drastically different textures placed against each other make the most successful pieces, as well as using no less than three different materials at one time. All works also have some element of a ‘found object’ incorporated, such as the cicada, bumble bee and bleached wood. The other materials I subsequently end up using are chosen in such a way that they compliment each other in their ‘oppositeness’ (yes I made that up!). I kept the scale fairly small because they tend to feel more nostalgic and precious in this 1’ x 1’ scale.
Please enjoy and there are more to come!
I was commissioned to make a painting for Steve and Teresa Whitney of their two sons Connor and Taylor. However, those who are not acquainted with the Whitney family would not know that their eldest son Taylor passed away at the early age of seventeen. With that said I am very humbled to have been allowed to do this considering the circumstances.
After consulting with them, they gave me permission to use my own artistic license. This meant I could add or change anything I saw, or didn’t see, in the photo they gave me to work from. The only rule they had for me was to copy exactly what they were wearing in the photo. Without an explanation I already knew that, for example, by looking at a photo of someone their clothes are associated with their identity, and without even seeing a face you know who it is. Overall, I could use as little detail as I wanted with exception to that one rule.
This final painting was accompanied with a small study that I used to plan the final piece, as well as a custom greeting card to match.
4’ x 4’ Oil on Canvas
Every project I land allows me to improve my skills even more, and as a result each painting, drawing and sculpture gets better and better. There’s no better motivation to set high expectations for myself than, for example, when clients show me the exact spot the painting will hang. It is extremely flattering to be asked to immortalize someone’s loved ones in a work of art, incorporating a favourite place, or colour scheme. Many times I become the best of ‘friends’ after 5 months or even just a couple days with a work of art, but I am also anxiously waiting to hand it over to its rightful owners.
As per requests, and for my own necessity, I am posting detailed photos of the paintings and sculptures I have done that are of the best quality. I often post my progress using Instagram (Username: @msdavinci) and on Facebook, so tune in to those if you are so inclined to follow me :)