This Chinoiserie triptych was commissioned by Summer Thornton Design for a client of hers in Naples, FL. To my surprise it was later published in House Beautiful in May this year. Photo by Luke White. They originally had their heart set on a DeGournay wallpaper but when it was discontinued. Summer contacted me to create something similar with a touch of custom elements. We incorporated tropical and shore birds since the home is located near the water.
These were some of the early concept drawings I did for Summer Thornton and her client. It was an opportunity to discuss colors and compositions and get a feel for scale in the space.
This was the sample I created using the colors provided to me. It was approximately 16″H X 12″ W. I used flat acrylic paints to achieve the matte style wallpaper look.
Cranes are symbolically connected to immortality in Chinese culture. I studied the art and pose of this crane from one of the beautiful botanical illustrations of John James Audubon.
Another detail of the paintings, the cherry blossoms grow consistently across the triptych and assist in connecting the 3 paintings as one landscape. Cherry blossoms in Japan symbolize mortality because of their extreme beauty and quick death.
I fell in love with this shore bird that I spotted while looking at more of John James Audubon’s work. If you like you can see the reference images I gathered on this Pinterest board called Chinoiserie Scenic Art.
Here are the final pieces together in my studio prior to shipment. Each one measured 100″ high. The center piece was 36″ wide and the two flanking it were 18″ wide. Below you can see what the framer did to them and how Summer Thornton arranged and styled the final space!
This is the photo that was published in House Beautiful. The piece was beautifully captured by the talented Luke White. Contact me, Allison Cosmos, to commission a custom painted piece for your home or client.