The Teal Series – a painting commission

In October I was contacted by a former yoga student of mine whom I had met again at an arts & crafts fair last year. She asked me if I could create a little painting series for a friend’s birthday. We had a look through my portfolio to find a theme and creative direction for the series and the client also put together a beauti- and helpful moodboard. Her friend was interested in gardening, (spiritual) growth, femininity and was a cat lover. And she also had a favourite colour – teal, something there was very little of in my portfolio.

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We decided upon three canvases sized 20 x 20 cm, I mixed some teal acrylic colour and started the series. Collage came naturally to me for this project, especially my favourite image transfers. I also did some layering with stencils, spray paint and paint pen.

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I haven’t expected to have so much fun with this projects, working with unusual-for-me colours and motifs, but totally immersing myself into another person’s personality or my interpretation of it. And there is still something of “me” in the paintings.

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The feedback from the client was wonderful. This birthday present was in her words “a total success” and her friend was very happy with it.

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So if you are also looking for a personalised gift, feel free to contact me.

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