Fabrication finally complete

I recently got a job at an investment bank in Midtown. I really like it, but the whole process has been pretty intense. Consequently, it's been a challenge figuring out how to get to my own work, which is my main priority and which has also ramped up in the past couple of weeks. Obviously, posting here has fallen off precipitously. All's been quiet with one of my projects for the past few months as the fabrication of has gone out of my hands and into more capable ones-- Augustus Lammers' of East Brunswick. 

The commission is to create a kind of book with paintings of a fairy tale for my client's four-year-old daughter. The original commission was two portraits of the client's son and daughter, which is sort of more my speed, so this was a very different kind of project for me. I decided I wanted to design a triptych based on wooden altarpieces of the past-- a much simpler, and of course, infinitely humbler version of the Ghent altarpiece. (Embarrassing to even refer to Jan van Eyck's work in the same sentence as mine.)  

Ghent Altarpiece (open view)

Ghent Altarpiece (open view)

The magnificent Ghent Altarpiece (closed view)

The magnificent Ghent Altarpiece (closed view)

These are my initial mockups, with scale. Scroll left to right. 

The first iteration of the commission was HUGE, but the client decided he wanted it a lot smaller, which is actually a bit more difficult, because little jigsaw piece where I'll paint will be smaller: this means tinier brushes :). This is not always easier. 

Here's a picture Gus sent me from his workshop before varnishing, etc. 

Here's a picture Gus sent me from his workshop before varnishing, etc. 

Gus is obviously a master craftsman. Here's the finished fabrication, with varnish and stains, before I start going at it myself. 

Closed.

Closed.

Open.

Open.

I think this is the best picture in terms of lighting and true color, but I shot after the delivery from Gus when the tallest tower was removed so it wouldn't be damaged in transit.

I think this is the best picture in terms of lighting and true color, but I shot after the delivery from Gus when the tallest tower was removed so it wouldn't be damaged in transit.

This post took me a ridiculously long time to write, mostly because Squarespace had big-time issues and bumped me about a dozen times. I hope the two of you out there in the world who read it enjoyed it. I am very excited to get started on the painting.