A couple weeks ago I had the privilege to paint for some sweet friends of ours the Antonellis. They are a precious family who truly live their lives to honor God and raise their son and daughter to love the Lord. I love doing commissioned paintings for families in particular because I have the opportunity to put God's word in their home while hopefully tailoring it specifically to their hearts.
Susan and Michael were super gracious in giving me a few verses that they loved and letting me go. This is my favorite way to paint, a little direction and a lot of trust. By the grace of God I have yet to have someone unhappy with their painting when I get to do it this way. (I have had a few less than excited customers, but it seems to be when I try to paint something that I think they would like, and scale back my vision, or when I'm asked to paint something not in my style of work) so I haven't done that in a few years.
Here's a look at the creative process of "the Antonelli painting"
|I always start with scripture, usually given to me by the client then I do two different sketches, first a rough idea of the piece and then I'll come back and sketch the details of the painting, in this case it was the Antonelli family. I only sketch the most important parts on the actual canvas.|
Mid Painting... starting with the background then moving forward to the more detailed parts.
I decided to add some mixed media to this piece by hand drawing and cutting the words of Joshua 24:15 out of old book pages. This is always a time consuming process but I just love what it adds to the piece. I wanted the scripture to stand out and be strong as the voice of the picture, so I chose a contrasting color from dark night sky it was up against.
finished at last :)
God's direction is such a blessing anytime I'm completing a painting. For this piece this scriptures Joshua 24:15 and Colossians 3:1-2 were the guides in my creative direction. I wanted to contrast the elements of Heaven and Earth as the Colossians scripture speaks about "thinking on things of Heaven". Half way through painting I got the idea to paint the family in the night sky silhouette. I knew I wanted to silhouette them from the beginning, but the night sky part of it seemed to echo the idea that they are from Heaven and reflect God in their lives. As they reflect Heaven they choose to serve the Lord, which is the portion of the Joshua verse.
I'm really happy with the way this piece turned out (which is not always the case), but I was more blessed that Susan and Michael liked it and really felt that it captured their family. If I don't say it enough, I am so thankful and blessed by God to make a living doing what I love.
You can purchase a print of this painting in our Etsy shop.