“Essence “. Painting as a commission. Challenging experience In 5 steps.

 “Essence ”                                                                  24×30 in mixed media acrylic painting with gold leafing on stretched canvas. Sold.               The painting was commissioned. I have received some requests to be considered: the size, the medium, which is acrylics due to the limited time frame to create the painting. Painting had to be textured and include the gold leaf. The artwork has to be contemporary but inspired by Da Vinci … also “would be nice to include some local cityscape “… wow! How could I pull this thing off ?!! Have I mentioned, I had only several days to complete the task ?!  Well, I started by little steps…. At first the layout was created with some mixed media elements. Step 2- blocked some lights and darks, added some texture. Step 3- working on the background layers , defining the focal points. Step 4- unifying all layers by blending background and foreground, adding more layers of texture and glazed gold leaf . Step 5 – more gold leafing added, the face is more highlighted. More blending and finishing touches. After painting “rested”/ cured for 48 hours it was varnished with protective semi gloss finish.  I was satisfied with the final result. Now it was the moment of truth… I had to present this painting to my client and hope that I have created something that will be close to the original expectation… Now I can say, I was SO relieved when my painting was accepted with more enthusiasm than I have hoped for!! Ah, I think,it was the most challenging task I have ever had so far..

About Artfully imperfect

Oksana Tepp was born in Ukraine. Currently resides in USA, Washington state. Married, mother of three sons. Native Russian speaker. Russian Language Instructor and translator/interpreter by former education/profession. Full time mixed media artist since 2010.
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