Friday, May 24, 2013

My First Commission . . . Lots of Hearts :)

A few months ago a friend contacted me through facebook, interested in a journal page I had done.  It was 5x7 and one of my favorites.  I only used white gesso, crimson paint, stencils, sharpie markers and stamps.  She loved the journal page and I offered to create the same on canvas.  She wanted a 16x20 which seemed daunting to me but I truly enjoyed creating this for her.  

I am finding that I like the larger space to create.  There was a time when that size canvas would be too intimidating and while I have to admit when I started this piece it did feel that way as I quickly filled it up it felt good.

I always enjoy the final details of a piece like this.  I decided to continue the design around the edges of the canvas.  I used my palette knife to scrape the red paint lightly along the edge.  Then I used an ink pen to scribble, add more hearts, and write "love" all around.  

I really do love this piece but more importantly the buyer loves it!  It has been exciting to be commissioned and it makes my heart happy that these hearts will be traveling to a new home soon!  

I am sharing today over at Paint Party Friday.  Lots of great art to see so do stop by!

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!  The weather here in NY is supposed to be rainy so I think we will be heading to the movie theater tomorrow.  Candy, soda, and a good flick is on tap for this weekend!


  1. Wonderful! This is a "happy heart" piece of art. I wish it was coming to my home. Happy PPF

  2. This is awesome, Cathy!
    Love the way it turned out!!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  3. I'm sure you'll get loads more commissions after this! A great piece of work.

  4. Really cool, Cathy! When I first glanced at it, I thought you had done the hearts with paper clay and stuck them on - they look so three-dimensional. I love the simplicity of your palatte and the overall design! Beautiful!! Hugs, Silke

  5. Marvleous, congrats!!! The hearts do look three dimensional. Happy PPF xox

  6. congratulations, a smashing piece of work. Happy PPF, Annette x

  7. It is lovely those hearts are gorgeous.

  8. Love this so much. So so much. Gorgeous.

  9. Hi Cathy!

    Congratulations on your commission! I think this is fantastic! Those hearts look amazing, I thought you actually had a 3D element in there, that shading really makes it pop off the canvas! So exciting to see you working on a larger scale! :)

  10. Congrats on your commission! It is fantastic, the hearts look like they are floating. Simply amazing work. Have a great weekend.

  11. This is a gorgeous piece and the owner will be thrilled!! Good for you jumping out of your comfort zone to do a big canvas!! It's stunning with the best message ever!!

    Hugs Giggles