Thursday, 1 October 2015

Northern Skies... a commissioned landscape

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'Northern Skies' - impasto acrylic on canvas - 30cm x 24cm

I was delighted to receive a commission for a painting of the northern lights, not least because they're one of my absolute favourite skies to paint. I also loved the story behind the commission because it reminded me of the kind of thoughtful thing that S would do for me.



The person who commissioned me is planning a surprise trip to the far north of Scotland for his partner’s birthday later this year. She has always wanted to see the northern lights and, much like the trip we took which planted the seed of us moving here nine months later, he has booked a cottage up here in the hope that the lights will put on a show for her. Given how active the skies have been so early already this year, hopefully they’ll be lucky and get to see them in all their glory.

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My painting will either serve as a consolation prize if they don’t happen to see them in real life during their visit or, and I really hope this is the case, as a colourful reminder of a thoughtful surprise trip which will result in her being able to tick one wonderful natural phenomenon of her bucket list! 


Just to put the size into context

I had started this several weeks ago and then of course my arm was out of commission so I got stuck into it just before our holiday and finished it up when we got home. It's similar to the large one I did for above our own fire place but more of a snapshot of that much larger scene which was in turn inspired by one of S's photos of the northern lights on the beach in our village. I’m delighted that the client is really pleased with it and gave me the go ahead to blog about it as there is little possibility of his partner stumbling across my blog and ruining the surprise and because ‘art like this deserves to be seen’ – a lovely comment that made my day!


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In other art news, after a summer where wet weather and/or swarms of midge put paid to S’s plans to get my studio finished, work is now back on track! I absolutely love the fact that the majority of the materials have been recycled/upcycled and are therefore both free and environmentally friendly with S only having to buy the wooden posts for the frame and concrete to make sure it’s well secured into the ground so the Caithness winds don’t blow it away! Even the windows have been donated by a friend of his who was going to take them to the dump and today he’s getting a load of Perspex that would otherwise also have been dumped so I can have a ‘skylight’ in the roof for even more light! It already looks good and I can't wait until it's all done with a little pot belly stove in the corner to keep me warm during the cold winter months while I paint to my heart's content without having to pack it all away so I can set the table for dinner!
I'm linking to Paint Party Friday and will look forward to getting my Friday dose of creativity from everyone else at the party!

22 comments:

  1. its beautiful and so exciting about your studio!!!!

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  2. this is beautiful....just beautiful!! i love the close-up shot to show the layers and texture. can't wait to see pics of your studio :)

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  3. Fabulous painting and even nicer it is a commissioned piece. The texture is the best. Well done.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. Wonderful painting, congrats on getting the commission, and all your recent successes - well deserved. Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

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  5. A lovely painting and a wonderful story behind it. I will enjoy seeing your studio finished! The stove sounds heaven. I have a storage heater in mine....often not up to the job and not half as homely.

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  6. Love your colourful, impressive painting ♥

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  7. Gosh this is incredible! Awesome Nic! And you are such a beauty as well!
    oxo
    Susi

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  8. What a beautiful painting, Nic! I hope this person does get to see the real thing, but I think your painting is a real wonderful runner up.

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  9. Gorgeous painting. Love that composition. I'm sure she will be totally bowled over by the beauty of your painting and the thoughtfulness of the gift.

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  10. Such a beautiful painting Nic
    And such a lovely story behind it too x
    Happy PPF

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  11. Seeing the northern lights is on my bucket list too. The way you capture it is truly beautiful and to think its a common sight for you. So happy to hear the studio is underway again and it won't be long before you are moved in and stoking that little stove.

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  12. Oooh, I think this is one of my favorites! Lovely depth with the shadows and reflections!!

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  13. Yes, your painting deserves to be seen. Great work! So exciting to be building your own studio! It will be so lovely not to have to clean up for dinner.... :-)

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  14. Great painting Nic! I've always wanted to see the northern lights. I feel like I've seen them looking at this painting.

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  15. Nic, I love it.... beautiful!

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  16. Stunning painting...wonderful work! Exciting about the new studio...doing it green even better! We are big into recycling everything where I live!! Hope to see photos one day!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  17. Beautiful! I have always loved astronomical art and I am very sure your client will love it, regardless of whether they get to see the actual phenomenon. Congrats on your new studio!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment.

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  18. Wow, love the colors and wonderful texture in this!

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  19. it is like a bonus getting to catch up on a blog post I had missed... how did I miss it... this is awesome, and I wish I had your skills at capturing great photos of your work... maybe I need to do some work on that...xx

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  20. Wow-how fabulous this piece is. I want to be there watching those northern lights!

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  21. What an incredibly beautiful painting! I like the unusual 3-D effect you did. Wonderful wonderful!

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  22. Gaaagh! I've missed loads having been so busy!! I'm going through your blog now... Beeautiful!!!!

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