Summer Light, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 7x5
The light this summer has been fantastic, and brings plenty of inspiration. New works are underway, and things are heating up in the studio. I'm working on three commissions, and they are all quite different. One is a triptych that I've been fussing around with all summer. The collector's sister has one of my paintings, and my client wants one, too. With large space to fill, we settled on a triptych. She won't be back until next month, and without the pressure of "I want it now," I'm taking my time. When this happens, sometimes the energy of the painting leaks out, and it's hard to get it back. I don't want that to happen, so will make it my priority. I'm excited about the possibilities.
The other two paintings will be for collectors who didn't find quite the size or color to suit their requirements. They will be similar to paintings that they saw and like in the studio, but each will have a distinct personality of it's own. One will be a compilation of parts of the landscape for a couple who couldn't quite agree on what they liked. One wants distance, and one wants a prominent palm. I'm confident that I can make them a painting they will both love.
The last one is for a woman who furnished her son's home in Miami with my paintings years ago. She's now looking for just the right painting for her own redecorated home. She has a great eye for color and likes things a little abstract. Fun!
It's my habit when time and circumstance permits, to offer a commission client two different paintings that meet the requirements we've discussed. It takes the pressure off both of us. They have a choice, and I have some new inventory for my studio/gallery!