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  • Commission Complete!

    Commission Complete!

    The latest gigantic commission painting 'Easy Come, Easy Go' was hung up in its new space, and it looks GREAT! I'm so happy with how the orange and yellows coordinate with the Ottoman. I swear, this isn't an advertisement from an interior design magazine (although perhaps it should be?)

    Would you be interested in a custom-made painting to complement your home? If so, check out this blog post: Taylor-Made

  • Taylor-Made

    Taylor-Made

    This is my bedroom. One of the great joys of creating your own artwork can be rotating paintings from room to room, constantly changing the look of things! This painting is from 2014's collection, Hold Me Under, and it just so happens to match our current bedspread perfectly. 

    Did you know, you could have an original, custom painting like this for your very own home? 

    Here's how it works:

    1. Contact me at: taylor.olson86@gmail.com to book an appointment

    2. We review the space together, talking about lighting, favourite colours, textures, and artistic preferences. I will suggest a canvas size to work with and will shop for all the necessary materials. Once I am prepared to start working, I will forward you the receipt for reimbursement (consider it a deposit against your final product!)

    3. When it is 99% complete, we will review the painting together. Once it has been approved, I will apply all the finishing touches: varnish, hanging wire, signature. 

    4. The finished painting will be delivered to your home and we all live happily ever after!  

    The best part about commission work is: It costs the same! I will not charge anything extra above and beyond my current price matrix (Yes, I have a formula). You can have something special, custom-made, and unique to fit your space without breaking the bank. And, of course, 25% of your purchase will be donated to charity! 

    "I think the collectors have made an enormous contribution, not only to the market but to painters themselves... These people that buy, that set standards, make everyone else itch to emulate." - Philip Johnson, American architect and founder the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

  • One Classy Baby

    One Classy Baby

    When my pregnant friend asked me for a commission piece for her baby's new room, I was thrilled! Armed with four blank canvasses and a mosaic teddy bear for colour inspiration, I quickly got to work (her due date is early March! Hard deadlines are the best kind of motivation). It was the first time I had worked on a set of paintings before, and I quite enjoyed the process! Bouncing from canvas to canvas was good fun, and I could leave one layer alone to dry while I moved on to the next (something I have always struggled with). 

    As I have recently learned, newborns don't comprehend shapes and figures very well...but they find colour contrasts very attractive. Hopefully the wee babe will find comfort gazing into the light and dark shades of these pieces (and will give Mommy something nice to stare at during 4 AM feedings!). 

    This set is titled "New Beginnings", for obvious reasons. 

    Love, 

    Auntie Tay

    Xoxoxo

  • My First Commission Piece

    My Aunt is renovating her house. New paint, new floors, new furniture, and…new ART! There’s a large gallery-style space along her back stairwell that is begging to be filled with…something. After nearly buying a large painting to complement the space, she opted instead to hire me as a commission artist to paint her something beautiful. But what is beauty?

    Everyone knows the saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What do my Aunt’s eyes perceive as beautiful? I have no idea if she even likes abstract art!

    Of course I was flattered by her request, but TERRIFIED the moment I accepted to do it. I was wondering if she just wanted to “help me out”, as family typically does. She is a very particular person, with very particular taste (good taste, thankfully!). The only thing I could do was shop for the right size of canvas, ask her for some patience and her colour preference. She chose (*drumroll*): HOT PINK! (*crashing of cymbals!*)

    …HOT PINK terrifies me! I’ve always been attracted to cool, earthy colours (blues, greens, browns) so those are typically the hues I am most comfortable working with. This was going to be a challenge…

    To calm my nerves I took three approaches:

    1) research hot pink items found in nature (flowers, tongues, flamingos, sunsets),

     2) buy two canvasses in case I screwed up, and

    3) calm myself down and make peace with the pink. Even if I loathe it, she could love it. It would be nice to strike a balance…

    As you can see, my first attempt was a complete disaster. To me, it looked like a mouldy, decomposing corpse (perhaps I’ve just been watching too much Walking Dead?). It was very discouraging at first. Time for another route, and maybe start working on canvas #2…

    In the end, with enough paint and salt and gels and patience, my opinion was starting to change. My finished product is something that I’m finally proud of. And even if she doesn’t like it, my sanity will stay intact in knowing it’s just not right the right choice for HER.  

    One canvas down, one more to go! Both are very different styles. I’m curious to see which one she prefers in the end!  

    Stay tuned…