Waterscape Series. Above and below are the largest piece which was commissioned by a client overseas. Because I use 100% plywood frames manufactured at TC Millwork, my paintings are nearly indestructible. Plywood frames, versus canvas, allows me to layer and texture to my hearts content while I work and guarantees these beautiful artworks will endure several lifetimes for their owners. Clients shipping abroad can be reassured their art will arrive unscathed. Photographing these paintings is a real challenge as the hyper glossy topcoat which is designed to give the appearance that the painting is forever immersed in water, catches light reflections from every angle. These pieces truly must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. The three below may be viewed at Framing Grace Gallery in the Regent Village.Last month I finalized several paintings within my
“Amazing Grace Waterscape” 2012 copyright Stacie J. Steensland
At the beginning of this year I did a proposal for Amazing Grace, highlighting what a major impact art and accessories could achieve in such beautifully boned home. We decided on a commissioned painting for the dining room as a takeoff point.
To begin, I looked at the predominant color palette within the home; seafoam greens paired with oceanic aquas and denim blues. A touch of lavender greys, and layer after layer of glaze, completed the first stage of the painting (above).
The next step, detail above, was to add silver leafing to add drama and dimension.
The series of four photographs above demonstrate how the painting looks different from every angle, additionally with various quantities of light, due to the reflective nature of the silver leaf.
The final step was a thick, hyper high gloss top coat, that holds the eternal appearance of looking wet to the touch; the perfect finish for a painting inspired by the sea. This type of finish adds a whole other dimension to a work of art, a dimension that is next to impossible to portray in photographs.
What you see here pales in comparison to what you would see standing before it in person.
I do hope my clients love it as much as I do, my favorite abstract to date!