Monday, March 22, 2010
Isn't it Grand?
"All that Glitters", oil on canvas, 30" x 40"
Way back last Summer I borrowed every book the Fulton County Library had on French interiors, seduced by the intriguingly grand chandeliers that hung in almost every room. I was set on painting these elaborate sculptures, but was soon intimidated by the amount of perspective and detail that was required to pull off such a depiction. I abandoned the idea, and painted what I knew and loved, which of course is the work you have been viewing for the past couple of months.
However, last week I was requested to paint a commission for a dear patron who not only has a fabulous home, but a chandelier similar to the ones I so wanted to paint. She requested a certain color palette, with a loose abstract feel to the piece.
I simply couldn't help myself, and dived in once again to the chandelier genre. I feel that the piece was a success, not just because of the final product, but because I allowed myself to not worry about the details; I kept it loose and painted fast, to allow the often stationary object to have some energy. I'm considering a smaller body of work that continues this journey, possibly with a louder palette. We shall see.