Thursday, 11 September 2008


A lovely country pub recently converted barns alongside their premises for accommodation and I have been asked to provide artwork for the 5 suites. They were able to choose work I already have to fit in with the various decor colour schemes for the majority of the suites but I needed to
create new work for the fifth as the decor was in the colour of plums and purples. When I visited I decided to quickly sketch out designs within the suite from the patterns on the cushions and the shape of the lampshade and base and the back of the twin beds. I thought a pair of canvas acrylics sized 14 x 36 inches to hang behind the two headboards would be interesting. I created them both with Finity acrylics in lots of layers and texture, cutting back to lower layers for some of the patterns and added a pearl finish in areas and some shiny silk paints for the motifs .
The first images show the complete design and a close up of the silver in the bedhead, the squiggly patterns and McIntosh floral motif in the cushions .
The second piece depicts the shape of the lampshade and base as well as the patterns in the cushions.
I still have to do some tweeking, paint the sides of the canvases to match and varnish them both.
Hope she likes my ideas and colours when I deliver them all next week.


Robert A Vollrath said...

I like the color and texture of these paintings. I can almost taste grape candy when I look at these paintings.

Judybec said...

What a wonderfully fun project!! I'd eventually love to see photos of your beautiful paintings hung in the rooms they were painted for....yes?

Lottery Girl said...

Good on you for getting such an awesome commission! The colors are lovely.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Ohhh, so creative and full of energy. I'm liking these a lot! They're lucky.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks for all your supportive comments. Still not sure they are really 'right' and finished. Feel there might be too much activity and not sufficient quiet areas.

Whats grape candy Robert??

Interesting comment Sandy - not sure how my paintings can be lucky?? Like the sound of it though. When I won an award with Cuthbert Mill their judge also said my work was full of energy.

Lotterygirl - I think you could say it was being in the right place at the right time with the right style of work they were looking for - ie decorative...

... and welcome to my blog Judybec. Am I right in this being your first comment? I'll pop over to yours to see what you do.

Stuart Spindlow said...

Very well written blog about the services.I appreciate your hard work. Thanks.

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