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Claudia's Gift by Carmen  Cilliers

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Acrylic on Canvas 75 × 100cm. (Commission – Original Sold)

A snippet from my blog

21 April 2009
Painting Commission – Claudia’s Gift

A couple of months ago I was asked to do a rather unusual commission. I say unusual because the buyer saw a painting of mine on the internet. They considered purchasing it, but after much deliberation decided instead to commission a work. The original inspiration for their commission being my painting ‘Between Takes’ as pictured below.

The young buyer (through her Mum’s wallet) had several requests and thankfully they put them all together in a brief for me which I worried about being able to stick to.
Here’s a snippet of that brief:
She likes the female in Between Takes because she is:
-Pretty, elegant and sassy with delicate features, yet she is fun, bold and out there
-She is wearing a very fashionable/designer/funky outfit (very youthful appearance with use of the striped legs)
-She loves the white fluff of the skirt, it is interesting and softens the outfit beautifully
-it is a full body painting and not just a head and torso
-it is simple and clean with not too much distraction, it is very much about the girl
-she’s not wearing any jewellery
-fun dramatic/theatrical feel
-bold yet delicate/beautiful detail
-she loves the colours and in particular the lime green/yellow background
Colours she likes:
-pink/purple/lime yellow/lime green/black/gray/silver/white
Other Preferences:
-Medium length layered hair/colour similar to By The Light Of The Silver Moon (no fringe/medium brown with purple/other coloured streaks)
-Eye colour being hazel/green
-Devon Rex Tigerlily Purple (larger female cat)
-Cat not to dominate painting
We did wonder if we could incorporate fashionable fairy wings in her designer outfit (fluff and silver leaf perhaps)?!

Commissions can be difficult because they normally come after a painting that has been painted intuitively. I tend to just paint and enjoy the process and let my instincts lead me. With commissions there is much more work on a conscious level – and the challenge is in being able to please the buyer, stick to the brief, maintain a sense of spontanaity and most importantly not to compromise one’s own style and enjoyment. After all, a painting done without love and enjoyment is not a painting worth owning. One only needs to look at the thousands of cheap mass produced paintings being produced in Asia and then later easily discarded when the decor is changed. I strongly feel that work of this type diminishes the value of one off pieces painted with love and care, not to mention that these are potential artists with much to offer the world, churning our mass produced cheap pieces because of the need to support their families.

So, with all this in mind, and me being well and truly a month over the patient client’s requested deadline, I present to you “Claudia’s Gift”.

One thing must be said and that is that the photograph doesn’t do this painting justice. The small elements of silver leaf, pearlescent effect and subtle textures are lost and flattened out in the digital image. However, I think the photograph still enables the viewer to enjoy an overall sense of the completed artwork.

Thank You as always for visiting… and stay safe. x Carmen.

Please visit my blog and if you like it sign up as a follower. This is where I ramble and muse and put on display much of my daily activities as an artist.

My paintings are an exploration and expression of my personal emotions, interpersonal relationships and recollections of childhood; the human condition; and also influenced by my travel experiences and their influences on my senses as well as inspiration drawn from current fashion and pop culture.

My aim is to represent my world and express, with my chosen media the emotional moments, quirky twists and often humorous encounters of life.

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  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 5 years ago

    Beautify work Carmen. You have a gift. – Dennis

  • Thank you dear Dennis!

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaover 5 years ago

    absolutely darling work my friend .so cute and colourful

  • Hello Amanda – long time no see, hope you are keeping well. Thank you for your kind comment : )

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • Michael Scholl
    Michael Schollover 5 years ago

    beautiful beautiful work!!!

  • Thanks Mike – it’s not getting a huge response… but maybe that’s the GFC haha! Thank you!

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • dani05
    dani05over 5 years ago

    Love it Carmen, very well painted!!

  • Thank you Dani!

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • Carmen  Cilliers
    Carmen Cilliersover 5 years ago

    Hi Dani, thank you. It took a while, there was a substantial brief to stick to so I am happy it’s still well painted. Much appreciated!

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Awwww Exquisite Work Carmen- I LOVE it xxxxxx

  • You always say that about my work : P xxxx Thank you !!

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful work and colors

  • Thanks Auntymazza : )

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • Lauren Eldridge-Murray
    Lauren Eldridg...over 5 years ago

    Wonderfully done!! You have such a unique style, I love it :)

  • I’m really really enjoying this style. Thank you so much.

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKover 5 years ago

    It is a really lovely piece, one gifted artist Carmen

  • Really – I have never considered myself gifted, but I’ll wear that badge with pride. Thank you Gloria.

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • Vestque
    Vestqueover 5 years ago

    Awww, this is so sweet! Great work!

    I would love to see this work and any other puffy skirt lovelies of yours in my Lolita at Play group, take a look!

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