Over the past few years, I’ve started to become known for creating large, mixed media, mosaic pieces featuring areas that have personal significance to clients. Be that the area they work in, live in or have a specific special connection with.
Over the last few weeks, I have been lucky enough to work on a commission abroad. Here are a few points about why this commission was particularly special for me as an artist!
– It has been an amazing experience to have the opportunity to pack up everything here in London and work intensely for a couple of weeks on an exciting project. For the last month, my home was in the center of Tel Aviv.
One of the best things about living in the place that I was painting was that I was able to cycle through the area every day on my way home. This was a real added bonus for me as an artist. In this way, I felt like I could really feel the neighborhood I was capturing in a very profound way and experience it in a way completely different to the way a photo would allow. It was funny because I did always find myself going back to the same streets as if I was being called by certain buildings.
– I met amazing people who were doing all sorts of interesting things. In fact it was much easier then you would think to find a temporary studio. Before this trip, I had no idea that there are so many websites that are basically like Airbnb, but for studios – it’s amazing. One of my favourites is Stusu. This website is amazing. You can go anywhere in the world and sublet an artist’s studio for a few weeks – who knew!
In the studio next to me there was a local ceramicist. I was able to use some of her bowls as the tiles for the rooftops in my paintings. Again an amazing special touch that I was able to add to the piece.
After I have decided the outline, in every painting I always cover the canvas with sand. This is because I find that the oil paint mixes with sand very well and provides a textured feel. In this case, I could also go down to the beach and collect sand local to the city. I would then use this sand to mix with the painting and provide the first layer of the painting. These sort of experiences are unique and really add another touch as an artist.
Here are a few close-ups of the piece…. stay tuned as the final piece will be revealed in due course! Keep an eye on my instagram for updates.
To enquire about commissions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natasha Jade x