December Commissions and Taking a Risk

December Commissions and Taking a Risk

A friend reached out to me and asked if they could commission me to paint something for their mom and sisters for Christmas. With not much time to Christmas and an even tighter shipping deadline, I was up for the challenge. I find that I create my best work under a certain amount of pressure. It's a delicate balance, but I knew it was something that would ultimately bring me tons of joy.


The commission consisted of 5 mini's (5 x 5) and an 18 x 24. So, I had my work cut out for me. Our first step was to solidify a color palette for all paintings. Once we landed on a final palette, I sent mockups the next day.

December Commission mock up

Once the preliminary designs were approved...I WENT TO WORK! Here are a few pictures of how the mini's progressed throughout the week.

progression of abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

progression of abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

progression of abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

Since each mini was going to a different sister, it was important to me that I made each mini unique. From the background color of the canvas to the composition of each piece, I wanted them to feel different while also being cohesive. 

Final Mini Shots

Mini 1:

yellow abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

close up of yellow abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

Mini 2:

black abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

details of black abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

Mini 3:

second yellow abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

Mini 4:

second black abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

details of second black abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

Mini 5:

abstract flower mini created by razlyn Lysaught

In between layers drying, I started on the more significant 18 x 24 canvas. I'll be honest; it didn't go as planned. Long story short, I had about two days to create this piece of work before I had to let it dry before it could ship. That's nearly impossible, but we made it happen! The first day I worked from sun up to sun down and had an almost finished painting, but right before it was finished, everything felt wrong. 

Here are pictures of the initial painting:

floral abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

The initial strokes weren't that bad. In fact, I really liked the white on blue background and was very excited about where I thought the painting would go. But once I started adding colors, the painting became more realistic than I liked and not so symmetrical.

Where it all went bad:

This photo was taken at 6 p.m. before my last full day of work. By this time, I had changed the composition of the painting, blended the heck out of colors, and added layers upon layers. I took this photo in a moment of panic, yet, I persisted in making it work.

floral abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught This photo was taken around 8 p.m. before my last full day of work, and by this time, I was completely and utterly defeated. I knew I could salvage the painting ONE day but couldn't do that on this day. This was the moment I decided to start over and pull out a blank canvas. Starting over so late in the game was a complete risk because I had no guarantee I would like the second painting, but I knew I needed to try. 

floral abstract mini created by Razlyn Lysaught

 

The second painting: 

Linear abstract created by Razlyn Lysaught

By 9 p.m. that same night this is what the second painting looked like. I had a much better feeling about the direction of this painting. I knew it was different from what I had communicated with the client, but at the same time, I felt like I was trusting my intuition with the design and composition. 

Before heading to bed that night, I knew I needed to get the painting to a good enough spot before my last full day of work. 

While all this chaos is happening, I am completely sleep deprived from several nights in a row of not being able to sleep. Just to put it all into perspective. Yet, I remained positive and excited about the final outcome.Linear abstract created by Razlyn Lysaught

Final Painting Shots:

Abstract painting created by Razlyn Lysaught in a styled living room.

Details:

details of an abstract painting created by Razlyn Lysaught in a styled living room.

details of an abstract painting created by Razlyn Lysaught in a styled living room.

details of an abstract painting created by Razlyn Lysaught in a styled living room.

details of an abstract painting created by Razlyn Lysaught in a styled living room.

details of an abstract painting created by Razlyn Lysaught in a styled living room.

details of an abstract painting created by Razlyn Lysaught in a styled living room.

I'll forever remember this project because it was a crucial lesson in trusting my creative intuition. I believe God gives us all talents in life - the moment we let go of our control over those talents and allow divine inspiration to take over, is when amazing things are created.

Had I played it safe and never taken the risk of starting over last minute, I would have created something I wasn't proud of. I look at this second painting, however, and I am reminded of why I started painting. I am reminded of the bigger purpose in all of our lives and the duty we all have to utilize our gifts and talents well. Sometimes that means trusting our intuition, taking a risk, and starting over.


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