Monday, February 22, 2016

Winter Commission 2 of 2 - a work in progress... complete!

The second commission was through one of my fantastic California dealers, Daniel Fine Art, for the world renown, MGM Resorts International, and their Aria Hotel and Casino Sky Suites Lounge.  This is my second commission for the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The first was completed in 2013 when I was 7 months pregnant! I'm sure glad it went well because it provided the opportunity to make the largest paintings I have every made.  Reflexive 1 and 2 measure 126 x 141 inches (that's roughly 10 1/2 x 12 feet) for each stretched canvas.  You can see the intricate lattice of the fine mechanical stretcher bars that I purchased through John Annesley Company.  I highly recommend them!! Here is a time-laps video of me, my husband, and two of my sister-in-laws, Leah and Elizabeth, stretching one of the massive panels:

My husband and I (but mostly my amazing husband) built a 16w x 18d x 14h foot visquine cube, complete with a roof, in my Mother and Father-in-law's heated garage in October 2015.  I began priming and painting immediately after we stretched the canvases.  Here is a shot of the first layer of paint applied with an 18 inch roller and extender rod:
Three days a week, after the 20 minute drive to get my son to school, I would drive over an hour to Chardon to work on the paintings.  My Mom and Stepdad helped out by watching Arlo after school so I could get in about 4-6 hours per day. Some days Arlo came with me to Chardon and my Mother-in-law and sisters-in-law would watch him.  Here are some shots Randall took of me working on the paintings in January:

Because the paintings were so big, and the cube was a little tight, I had to take photos of the paintings with my phone and look at the digital image on my hand held device in order get enough space between myself and the canvas. The process greatly aided the development of the paintings.  I edited and stitched all the reference photos off my phone to make this time-laps progress video turned GIF:

Its been a long process; about two months of planning, building and ordering, and four months of painting. I am so thankful for my family and all the help they provided so that this project would be possible. I just finished the paintings last Saturday, February 13.  Aaaaaaannnnnnnd we have approval!  Wooohooooo!!! Next step is applying a clear sealer coat, mapping the back of the canvas for re-stretching, taking them apart, and rolling them up to ship to California... phew! Here is an image of the final product:
 It's cocktail time! Cheers folks!!!

1 comment:

Erin O'Brien said...

Simply gorgeous. Congratulations.