Pulling back the curtain
I'd like to share with you a behind-the-scenes look at my work on a recent commission. This was for a long-time client who wanted a gift for his daughter. The families both live in St. Pete and love the area, so a painting of the Vinoy Hotel was a natural choice.
This hotel is the crown jewel of St. Pete, Florida and a beloved landmark for residents and visitors. It's imposing size, expansive wings , distinctive candy pink color, and fanciful tower make it a beautiful backdrop to the nearby boat basin filled with sailboats, catamarans, and power boats.
It all starts with the photos
To begin, I took many photos of the scene to give me options for composition. Here's how I started with those photos and ended with the completed commission:
For me a painting is finished when it achieves my original vision and nothing detracts from the whole. I usually give myself some time to live with the painting to make sure nothing else catches my eye. Then I varnish the the canvas and deliver it to my client.
I'm happy to report that the daughter was delighted with her gift, and it looks perfect in the living room of her new home.
On to the next painting!
I'm Linda Hugues and I paint cityscapes from my travels in Europe and my home in Florida. Here on my monthly blog I write about everything related to my art life, in and out of the studio. Enjoy!