This week it's all about commissions. Someone asked what the difference is between working on a commission v.s. a *regular* piece of art, so I did a new video on that. In the vid I talk about how sometimes the commission process has forced me to push my boundaries art-wise. Here are some examples you'll only find here on the blog.
When HCMC hired me to create a piece for their 8th street entrance, the space (inside a revolving glass door) was challenging, and so were their parameters; something with a ~healing vibe~, no human forms, something cross cultural, preferably abstract. I came up with several 3D shapes and this was selected.
But to make the most of the space I knew I needed to incorporate color and make use of the natural light. This meant teaching myself stained glass and creating a number of panels to fit within the steel sculpture. A cool result of being pushed a new direction.
This piece for a client had me learning about the use of negative space in Asian artwork, along with a blacksmithing technique to create the joints of the bamboo. I had to figure out a way to mount the piece on the client's home that would protect their siding too. A handy thing to know now.
This piece, for the same clients, came out really nice I thought, but they pointed out (and rightly so) that real birch trees have darker spots on the bark too...
I was very nervous about trying this, but decided to try singeing the painted steel. It came out awesome and they loved the result.
Working directly for a client does have a different ~feel~ than free-wheeling it, and in the video I explain a bit more about that, as well as some other differences.