Humongous painting Part 3: Wrap Up

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Humongous painting Part 3: Wrap Up

NOTE:   This is Part 3…. catch up by reading parts 1 and 2 below!

It’s been a while, but thought I would wrap up the journey of the painting….   After composing and creating the painting in my mind, building the bars, laying it out on canvas (see parts 1 and 2), the rest was really a cake walk…. painting, adding fish and other creatures, actually putting my brain on “cruise control” and wondering four hours later if I had made any progress (Mark would point out to me that I did).  I took pictures along2013-06-14 15.58.44 (1) the way to make sure the composition was working together…. and printed out the pictures and taped them together:


So, after many hours of “filling in the blanks”, time for Mark to throw it over the balcony.  Let’s take a look at that WHOLE puppy for the first time:


FINALLY!!!! Communication from the client through the designer:   “He wants you to move the reef down.  He wants more blue water on top.”

HMMMMMMMM….  that’s an almost impossible request.  If I move the reef down, some parts of the painting will have to be removed, and now the composition will not work. What about that cool blue space I have in the upper center?  What to do, what to do? THANKS TO MARK’S FURLING EASEL, I unfurled a foot at the top and painted it blue!  The client gets another 12′ for free!  Just had to make sure he had enough space in his home for the extra head room:

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Ready to sign…


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and then it is rolled up (paint facing outside) in a tube, put in the Subaru and driven to Coconut Grove where the boys did a great job stretching: 

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 Then, into the big truck and on down to the Keys for the final approval.  Exact words of designer: Wow-art looks amazing! (WHEW!) 

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Here’s a finished shot of the painting:  “The Ocean Reef” 11′ X 5.5′. Click on the image for purchasing info:


Ta Da:  In the home, framed. On to the next reef!

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Keep watching for more stuff like this.



By | 2015-04-08T16:04:47+00:00 April 5th, 2015|Life in the Studio, New Paintings|0 Comments

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Artist splitting my year between the Bahamas (oceans) and Fairview (near Asheville), NC (mountains) with supportive and fun husband Mark Kopp, and Schooner the golden retriever.

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