Did you know I’m a painter? I am. It’s one of the things I love most in the world, despite the fact that I only get to produce a few a year. The last oil painting that I did was commissioned for a friend’s living room, which was being remodeled in a glamorous yet relaxed coastal style. Scrumptious!
This painting was inspired by a trio of white ceramic hanging planters that the interior designer installed in the family’s entry way. There’s always been something about the texture of succulent leaves that I just adore. If I’m going to be looking at any subject for 40-60 hours the only prerequisite is that it’s somethin’ pretty, yo!
Throughout the painting process I took a few snapshots to illustrate the painting methods I use, and to show the progression over the course of about 2 weeks. I always tell my students that a painting should develop like a Polariod picture. You know how it all starts as a medium gray then slowly comes into focus, darker tones first, followed by the definition of shadow and highlight? That’s what I’m going for, and this technique necessitates many thin layers of oil which give the finished painting a luminous, glowing quality.
If you squint at the six pictures below you can get a good sense of the painting coming into focus. I obviously omitted most of the early work, including gridding out the canvas and drawing the succulents and blocking in the background with a mid-tone color. The pictures below illustrate the real meat of the project – the hours that pay off after layers and layers of thin glazing pull through to create depth and richness. Gah, I love this!
This painting took around 50 hours to complete because of the crazy amount of detail. The canvas is 30″ x 48″, and sells for $3000. A piece of the same size with less detail would sell for about $2000, and smaller canvases start at $1000. As you can tell there are about 22 succulents on this canvas, with smaller leaves and details in the background.
If you’re interesting in commissioning a custom oil painting, visit AnjalePerrault.com for more portfolio pieces and pricing. Lead time is about 8 weeks, and well worth the wait, I tell ya! All commissions are one-of-a-kind, and can be painted based on a requested color palette or theme.
Happy Monday, all! Be inspired this week!