The budgerigar to the left is hand drawn. On the right is my vector drawing of that. This process can take 8-12 hours. I used a combination of projection and stencils to outline the design onto the panels, before painting.
The top 2 images are the back Paravent design, the bottom the front. This are vector drawings based of my hand-sketch. Approx 100 hours of drawing at this stage. Artwork was shown to client for approval. Then, I began the process of hand painting onto 16 x 2’ x 6’ birch panels.
These are the 16 hand-painted panels, photographed before the woodworker does his magic.
how the commission started…
I was contacted by Felix Pfeifle who was creating an intriguing space within a private home. The salon. Where in-between The Paravent artwork is a window. Outside the window sits a full sized coral tree within a green landscape. To the left of The Paravent is a huge photograph of a glorious stuffed peacock sitting in a french interior.
Felix Etienne-Edouard Pfeifle is quite an extraordinary and not your typical “decorator” he is an architect, landscape artist and interior designer.
He approached me to paint The Paravent, which essentially were 4 x 8’ x 6’ murals. Our first woodwork literally dumped the birch wood panels on my door without sanding or filling, we fired him. So I took on the challenge to sand all 360 sides to 800 grit. 2 coats of gesso, 3 primer and 4 of the base blue were applied.
Next stage, to outline the design onto the panels.
I have used stencils on the two centre panels both sides. As the artwork mirrors at the centre, the stencils make it easy to control the symmetry.
Above are the 16 hand-painted panels. Below are detailed photographs.