Trucking Along - Overview
An interior designer brought this project to us. Initially it was being explored as a concept, with the facts being blank walls in a haulage company's new reception and a need for some art. Size recommendations on the paintings were given, source photos submitted to us, and an extensive wish list detailing how we were to work from these images to create paintings.
The designer was very helpful, and together we managed to clarify what was needed for the paintings. 3 canvases were commissioned, two measuring 5 feet by 6 feet and the third being a much larger 10 feet by 5 feet. However, to create these three paintings we were to work from a total of eight source images, combining elements from these.
- The truck was to be a "tandem"
- The background was to be replaced with a prairie scene
- A bright, sunny day
However, the lighting needed to be changed to that of a sunny daytime scene. Blue skies, and some white clouds over the Rocky Mountains in the background were to be added, as in this picture
To complicate things, this was to be a sunny WINTER'S day scene...as in the image below. Snow on the pine trees, piled on the side of the road... fortunately, the designer was kind enough to provide an image that illustrated the sort of thing the client had in mind
We also checked online to see how the snow covered the mountains in Alberta, per the designer's recommendation
Painting two, five feet by six feet
Main source image (flipped so the trucks in these two paintings, which were to be side by side, appear to be driving towards each other)
A key point on these two paintings was that they were to be displayed side by side, so the highways had to meet...again, the artists had to use a little creativity here.
Painting Three, ten feet by five feet
We sent regular progress shots showing how the paintings were coming along. Not only does that make for an enjoyable experience (seeing things slowly take shape - being "present at the birth", as it were) it allows us and the client chance to make sure we've not misunderstood anything and are doing something wrong.