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Commission Creation...

Updated: May 7, 2022

This week has been filled juggling Easter and creating one of the largest commissions yet - an enormous scale of 7ft x 9ft. Celia contacted me last year asking if I could create a big piece of art that featured something from her childhood, alongside working with the interior hues in her hallway and kitchen.

She and her family live in the most beautiful Oxfordshire countryside surrounded by woodland (currently filled with bluebells), with stunning views and wildlife visitors, especially the pheasants. The site was originally her childhood home, which they rebuilt designing a beautiful contemporary home filled with light and space. The wall I'm working with is huge and flooded with light so this piece has to be large, anything smaller would be nullified.

My helper blending in the oil painting for this big commission
My helper blending in the oil painting for this big commission

I'm working from Celia's home, (conveniently close to me, plus my garden studio is too small for a canvas this size), and I have the added benefit of Celia's daughter who is currently my helper, (she's on her Easter Holidays and fresh from a visit to Rome, so hugely inspired by Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine Chapel). It was lovely to chat to her about art and watch her enjoy blending the oils I'd mixed onto the canvas - this is her first time using oils, and I hope will be memorable for her and inspire a future in art - this piece isn't just something that fits with its surrounding, but a memory I hope will be enjoyed by their family and friends for years to come.

The reveal will be announced once I'm 100% happy hopefully by Thursday, so please watch this space. For now, do pop over to my Instagram @lizzieowenartist for the painting's daily progress - I'd love to hear your feedback or if you have any commission ideas that mean something to you, email as ever - visit my Commission page to see other work I have created for clients.

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