Sunset in Santorini

The last of the three commissioned pieces I did for Merna and Senan is of a sunset in Santorini, Greece.

[In case you missed it, see the first one here and the second one here]

Fun fact, both Merna and I actually lived in Greece for several years before moving to Canada, but neither one of us in Santorini. I have yet to go there actually, and according to Facebook, Merna and Senan are there right now enjoying their honeymoon.

Since I painted this before they had actually gone on their honeymoon, I had to use a bit of my imagination. We agreed to loosely use this photo of Santorini but to make it during a sunset, remove the tables, and insert the lovely couple watching the sunset.

Photograph of Santorini
Photograph of Santorini

I started by painting a sunset on an 18×24″ canvas.

I started by painting a sunset

Next I added the Greek church and then slowly kept adding more details.

Then added the building, and slowly added more details

Finally, I added the lovely couple watching the sunset, leaving us with the finished painting.

Sunset in Santorini - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Sunset in Santorini – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Here is a side view of the painting, where you can see that it is extended along the edges.

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Finally, all three paintings together!

 

I probably should have actually hung these up to take photos... that is some UGLY carpet!
I probably should have actually hung these up to take photos… that is some UGLY carpet!

 

Hopefully Merna and Senan will send me some pictures of the paintings once they hang them up once they’re back from their honeymoon, and then I can update that awful picture of my carpet above…

Ever been to Santorini? Or anywhere in Greece? My brother and his girlfriend just got back from Santorini and looking at their pictures has made me slightly jealous!  

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Also, if you’re thinking of getting a commissioned painting for someone special for Christmas, now is the time to contact me. More information about commissioning a painting is available here. I’ve got a couple on the go already, and a very busy three months ahead, so I will likely only take on one or two more. Hope to hear from you! Cheers 🙂 

 

For All My Car Buffs

If you know my dad at all, you’ll know that he has two passions in his life: cars and ice cream. As far as painting goes, he’s never once asked me to paint him anything (my mom on the other hand…) until this past weekend.

Although I was secretly hoping it would involve the later of those two passions, it not-surprisingly involved cars. But how could I say no, after everything he does for me?! For example, he’s helped me move (ie. did 99% of the work involved) every single labor day long weekend for the past 6 years in a row, which usually first required driving up to Ottawa (8 hours away) to move my furniture basically across the street. Well friends, for the first time in my adult life, I am not moving during the labor day long weekend. It feels like the end of an era actually! So instead, I concluded that the least I can do is a painting for my dad, as a way to say thanks.

Dad with his very first painting from his favorite daughter <3
Dad with his very first painting from his favorite daughter <3

Now I know absolutely nothing about cars, and have very different taste in art than my dad, so this painting required precise instructions from him.

He asked for a painting similar to this “abstract/distorted” picture on the left, but using the car on the right:

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I thought this car was an Audi the whole time I was painting it…

I started with a gray background done with a palette knife
I started with a gray background done with a palette knife

But no, turns out this is an Aston Martin (which is NOT spelled Austin Martin, in case you were wondering…)

Then I added the abstract background, also with a palette knife
Then I added the abstract background, also with a palette knife
Next I added the car in an undistorted/abstract way
Next I added the car in an undistortedway

Had I been left to my own devices, I would have added a lot of detail to the car, and more colors to the abstract background and called it a day. However, my dad wanted the car to be all abstract too, so I basically took a palette knife and tried to “mess is up” and “stretch it out”. At one point I asked my dad for his input and he pointed out that the car is actually a very light metallic blue, and not white, which was music to my ears, since I love color and thought white is so boring the whole time I was painting this.

And the final reveal!

Aston Martin - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Aston Martin – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Had my dad not asked for this, this isn’t something I would have ever painted on my own. I tend to paint more cute, lovey-dovey, pretty things. It was totally out of my comfort zone which made for an overall fun challenge.

Side View
Side View

 In case you wanted to know a little more about this car… It competes in the 24 hour Le Mans race.

Naturally, my dad owns a scaled model of this car
Naturally, my dad owns a scaled model of this car

And no, it has never won this race.

And here's a zoomed in view.
And here’s a zoomed in view.

However, according to my pops, it is the best looking car.

Aston Martin - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Aston Martin – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

And we’re all about external appearances here (apparently) haha

Since this was yet another commissioned painting, it is not for sale, however prints are available here

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