Acrylic and conté on canvas, 120x80cm
For years I did not want to (dare) make commissioned paintings after delivering a painting that the customer was satisfied with, but not really myself.
Making a commissioned painting is much more difficult than without a commission, because while working on it I have to deal with blocking thoughts that do not benefit the work. (Are they going to like it? This should work! Does this color fit in the interior? Etc.)
In addition, I especially want to make a GOOD work.
As an artist you would prefer that you make a work that someone falls for: I want that painting!
And then at the end of March I got a question: I want a large artwork for our living room with the theme “hope”, is that possible? Maybe something with an anchor, my wife’s father died young and was a sea fisherman.
What are you doing? Isn’t that a dream assignment ?!
In order to still be able to meet the demand and to give myself freedom to make autonomous work, I have devised a format for myself, an intermediate form.
I agreed with the client to make two or three smaller paintings on paper in the desired ratio.
I would then mount it in a photo of the place where it would be hung. After the customer’s choice, I would print the work enlarged on a canvas. After which I would apply some structure with paint.
I set to work with the freedom of this agreement.
Now it just so happened that I had a canvas in my studio with a base surface that came very close to what I had in mind for this assignment. It turned out to be exactly the right size.
I had the freedom that it did not “have to succeed” because it could possibly be adjusted digitally for a print on canvas and if it worked, there was an option for the customer to buy the original work.
The theme ‘Hope’ eventually translated into a boat shape that appeared. Hans and Mija were very enthusiastic, even moved by the result and the original painting is now hanging over their couch!