I love making these bike and raven art pieces! This one was a commissioned painting. It was requested to use primary colors and put their little doggie in the painting. I think it is a fun piece and it was really fun to create!
All my bicycle and raven paintings have a hidden word in the painting that is from the title of the piece. Sometimes the word is very obvious and this one’s word is “Ride.” You can see the word at the bottom of the painting. I use a stencil process to create the word.
Catchin’ A Ride, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood, sold
Detail of Catchin’ A Ride
Detail of Catchin’ A Ride
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I wanted to share with you a recent commissioned painting and a little about the story behind it.
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.
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.”
This mailbox came back into my life recently and I am thrilled to start using it as our family mailbox for our Prescott home.
I painted this mailbox back in 2001 for the Creative Department where I worked. The project was to create a mailbox that could be used for the employee of the month. The special person would put it on their desk for a month while they were temporarily spotlighted. I was chosen, or maybe I volunteered, I can’t remember, to paint the mailbox.
This festive box had a flag that could go up or down so the person would know whether they had something fun left in it that they could pickup. How fun would that be? To arrive in the morning at your desk and find some goodie left in the mailbox. Delightful messages or fun presents and sweet treats. It was a wonderful idea and well received by my co-workers.
I worked there for a couple years and when I left, I thought I would never see the mailbox again. I remember feeling a bit sad about that.
People come and go in a business and there was no exception with this company where I worked. Things and processes change. Mailboxes get stored away.
But a few weeks ago, I reconnected with someone from my old workplace and to my surprise she mentioned she had the mailbox and asked if I wanted it back. I said yes!
Oh sunshine! Brightest day, send the mailbox my way!
Below the sunshine on the mailbox it says, “You Shine!” I love that.
I’ve had people ask if I paint custom mailboxes on commission. Unfortunately, I don’t but I do create paintings on commission. Email me at email@example.com if you would like to arrange something.
I completed my commissioned bear painting. It is titled “They Danced with the Fireflies”. I love the idea of dancing bears in a scene of celebration! It’s painted on the top of a wooden chest and will go in a bear themed guest room. It was fun to paint! The fireflies remind me of my Costa Rica trip where I saw fireflies while Greg and I were sitting on the beach one night. They were so cool! I loved watching them.
I’ve had a newspaper article written about me and my artwork in the Bend Bulletin “Go” magazine. To take a look at the article you can go to this link on my web site. http://www.artbylindy.com/Article.html I’ll be posting images from a new commission I just finished so check back soon.
Last week I finished a commissioned painting. It was to do a companion piece for a painting that had been purchased earlier in the year by a client. They had an idea of having a bear in the painting. The first painting is titled “The Wind Whispered Him Home”, the companion piece is titled “He Contemplates the Trees”. My clients were very happy with the way the painting turned out. So was I. They have a bear theme in their guest room and I will also be painting a chest as an addition to their room. I have fun with commission work….especially when I’m given free rein. I also have another panel that I might continue the scene onto just for fun. To see what else happens with the bear…maybe a river and fish jumping…we’ll see. When I finish it I’ll post it on this site. If you have an idea for a commissioned painting, send me an email and we can talk about it…Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org