Music Festival Poster AND New painting–HELP!


I know I said I’d post the poster the next day, but I thought I’d better get it okayed from the festival committee first, and it did. They love it, so now you get to see it. It doesn’t have all of the text on it yet, but the design part is finished.

I’m also posting this painting that I’ve been working on for a few weeks. I really need some help, so please, please comment! I hate the background color. I did thumbnails, and it worked on a small scale, but this big, it just looks so…yellow…YUK! It isn’t finished, obviously, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on painting the candy jugs before I decided on the new background color…but, I can’t figure out what color would work. I have no artists to consult in this teeny tiny town of mine, so I’m depending on you fellow artists to help get me unstuck! So do you think it should be darker or lighter? There is fairly strong light coming from a window on the right hand side…The front part of the painting won’t be yellow, it has little glass inserts with coffee beans and candy behind them. I want the light effect to be pretty dramatic, but right now, all of the values are too similair.
Any suggestions, anybody?

Commissions!!

I’m back…I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since my last post. Talk about inconsistent posting! I’m going to have to change the name of my blog soon if I don’t get back on track somehow. I’m very sorry to anybody who actually follows this thing. It seems that it has taken much longer for me to adjust to being back in Bella Coola than I thought it would. Right now I feel like my life isn’t my own! I’m taxi cab, housekeeper, maid, servant, gardener, wife, toddler entertainer extraordinaire. I can’t remember the last time I had a day to myself, or a minute for that matter, unless I’m sleeping, which doesn’t seem to be happening very much lately either. I can’t remember how I had the energy to pull off a painting a day before I went to Hawaii, either.

Well, enough excuses for now (although valid!) I have been doing art though! I am well into one of my Barkerville pieces, although I’m keeping this one secret until I’m done, and I’ve been totally absorbed in a commissioned piece for the last month. I think I’ve re-started four times now.
RULE NUMBER ONE–When it comes to commissions always, always, always, did I say always? make sure you know exactly what the customer wants! Don’t let them say, (like I did), “oh, just go with it, we trust your judgment”. As nice as this feels initially, and as good for the ego as it may be, DON’T DO IT! Always get an exact idea of what the customer wants. Do sketches, a gazillion of them if you have to, until you get it right. Show the customer all of them, and let them pick.
I have been hired to do the poster for the 10th annual Discovery Coast Music Festival, here in Bella Coola. We get some really great acts for such a small town so be sure to check it out if you’re in the area.

Anyways, they told me to “run with it” and I’ve been running for a month now, trying to get it right, not following my own good advice. I spent a week on the original idea, which was then rejected because it had a Viking in it, which may apparently be taken the wrong way from the native population here?? I didn’t know I was making a political statement, just a pretty poster, nonetheless, it hit the scrap pile…then I started throwing a few more ideas around.

The one in the picture above is my second attempt, which I think is pretty darn cool considering I’m not a graphic artist at all, but it wasn’t “colorful” enough…another two days down the drain. There was another one in there too that hit the recycle bin, and now the one that I’m working on presently, which should be done by tomorrow. So…if I can get it together enough by then to do another post, I’ll show the finished artwork.