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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Anatomy of a Commission

The Progression of This Commission.

A few weeks ago I accepted a commission for a painting of a specific group of boulders that sit in Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe.  After several kayak trips out to this location:




I  started sketches and ended up with this:


The client and I talked about the desired result and after just a few photos sent electronically,  the final sketch along with the colors to be used were approved.  

Next step: I painted a small canvas board with the composition using the approved palette and the client made a studio visit to confirm and approve.  

Small painting to represent the commission.

A perfect 48 x 36" canvas with a 3" gallery wrap was built by Tony Spiker at Vista Gallery in Kings Beach. Because of the tight time line for delivery of the completed painting, Tony was under a strict deadline but he had the canvas in my studio on date requested.  Impressive.


Time to sketch the composition onto the canvas and begin the painting process.  Scroll down through the photos to watch the painting appear.






Sketch onto canvas















In Balance by Pamela Hunt Lee
Completed Painting
In Balance
48 x 36
Acrylic on Canvas

The painting is scheduled for delivery to a beautiful new home in Martis Camp close to Truckee, CA.  where it will be the focal point of the entry to the home.  It was a great project from beginning to end.

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