I wanted to share with you a recent commissioned painting and a little about the story behind it.

Tropical Garden Art

© Lindy Gaskill, “Rumi’s Tropical Garden”, 9″ x 9″, acrylic on paper

Rumi Flute is a performer, composer and recording artist in L.A. She specializes in jazz and other music on flute. She holds a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin Music Performance from California State Los Angeles.

This would be Rumi’s first CD and she wanted to find an artist that she connected with who she could commission to do a colorful painting for her new CD cover.

Rumi found my work by doing an online search for “colorful art” and “tropical painting.” She found my colorful images from my website artbylindy.com and some from my Etsy Shop where I sell colorful, archival prints.

Rumi contacted me and told me about her idea for a commissioned painting that would be used on the cover of her new CD titled “Rumi & Zubumba Rumba.” I was thrilled to create a painting for her!

I also let her know that I was a graphic designer and I could do both her painting and her CD jacket design. We were both happy to collaborate on this exciting project.

First I created a proposal that fit within Rumi’s budget and when it was approved, the work was began.

This is one of my favorite types of projects where I can combine my graphic design skills with my painting.

In beginning a project such as this, it’s important to know the audience and the style and feel of the piece. We had a phone conversation and went over the project.

I asked Rumi to pick out some of her fav images from my Etsy Shop so I could get a feel for what she was attracted to. She sent me 4 images and described what she liked about them. This helped me get a feel for the style and content she was attracted to. I also asked her to give me some words to describe the feel of the painting and CD design she was looking for.

The words were colorful, natural, simple, tropical, world music, improvisation, rhythmic, fresh. I printed them out and had them near me as I painted.

tropical bird painting

Detail of tropical garden painting

Most of the time I like to send sketches to the person commissioning the painting so they can tell if I am on track with what they are looking for. But this time, I felt that wouldn’t be a good idea because I was painting from my intuition and I wasn’t sure yet how it would look. I asked Rumi to trust me with creating the painting without her seeing anything first. She was happy to do so and I think it really freed me up to let the painting evolve and create itself.

About 3/4’s of the way through the painting, I sent Rumi a proof of it. I knew the detail work wasn’t finished yet and I hoped she would be okay with the way it looked. She was and I continued on with putting the outlined flowers and more of the line work into the piece. It really began to shine with these accent pieces. And then it was finished! There is a bit of fear after completeing a commission because I don’t know if my client will like it as much as I do. Turns out Rumi was very happy with it and so was I!

Then it was on to creating the CD package design. This seemed to flow as well. I picked up colors from the photo Rumi supplied and put in some of my textures I create for my paintings and it began to have the fresh, tropical, world music feel I was looking for.

Rumi also was pleased with the art and design, saying “Lindy had many paintings already that would have worked wonderfully as album covers, but I was so thrilled to be able to commission her for an original piece. She was incredibly responsive and intuitive, giving me exactly what I was looking for and so much more. When she first showed it to me I loved the painting immediately! It was also great that she was able to design the complete CD jacket to work so beautifully with the artwork. I couldn’t be happier.”

Rumi Flute CD Design

© Lindy Gaskill, Rumi Flute CD Jacket Design

Rumi Flute CD Design

© Lindy Gaskill, Interior of Rumi Flute CD Design

Congratulations to Rumi on her beautiful, new CD! You can visit Rumi’s website at http://www.rumiflute.com/

To purchase Rumi’s new CD, visit https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rumiflute

If you would like to commission your own painting or need help with a design project, call 928-458-5209 or send me an email at lindy@artbylindy.com.