A Commissioned Invitation- Part 1

I got a commission for an invitation card for a common birthday party for people who have birthdays of an even decade. The location for the party has a circular rose garden.

My first thought was a cake with ten roses on it and the number 10 in the center.

My initial ball point pen sketch:

Scan of First Draft for Card

Then I did this sketch on the computer:

10sBirthdayPartyInviteFirstDraftFront

This was my first idea: 10 roses to represent the 10 year birthdays on a cake. My criticism of it was that the roses look more like tulips.

The clients decided against the cake idea. Also, the way the boards of the table were all the same size made it look as much as the side of a building as a table. They requested more of a botanical illustration. So, it was back to the drawing board.

-Troy Blum

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Starts On Three New “Dotted” Paintings

I started three new paintings taking the approach of starting on an underpainted canvas and just almost randomly putting dots of maybe 1, 2, or 3 colors and seeing if anything suggests itself. Then, I was starting to bring out some of what I seemed to be seeing among the almost random dots.

Here’s a beginning on three paintings:

Acrylic, 17 x 17
Acrylic, 17 x 17
TwoRedFiguresonBlue5x7
Acrylic, 5 x 7

 

Acrylic, 8 x 6
Acrylic, 8 x 6

-Troy Blum

Dotted Paintings

These paintings are all recent starts. They were made by dotting just a few different colors of paint onto the surface. I’m not sure whether to make them more definite or not, but I think they need more work. They’re a bit like eidetic images you might see with closed eyes, falling asleep.

Any comments?

-Troy Blum

ThreePeopleOil16x20
Oil, 16 x 20
RedPeople24x30
Oil, 24 x 30
RedWomanandBlueMan20x16_2013
Acrylic, 20 x 16
20121202_EndarkenedandEnlightenedPerson
Acrylic, 20 x 16
WhiteBlueandBlackDotted20x10
Acrylic, 20 x 10