I was absolutely thrilled to get a phone call a few months ago from a company I’ve admired on Instagram for some time now called Zoe Bios Creative. After meeting in person we decided to create several Chinoiserie triptychs exclusively for them. Here’s a peek into the creative process of one of them from start to finish!
Here you can see how the co-owner of Zoe Bios Creative Caitlin Dinkins and I collaborated on a color palette for the piece. We were going for a slightly modern palette with a traditional subject matter.
We decided on a height of 72″ for the triptych and a width of 48″ for the center panel and 24″ wide for the end panels. Here you can see all the materials it took to stretch THREE triptychs.
The entire composition is drawn out on paper first and then I transfer it to the canvas. Here you can see the monkey climbing the tree in a simple line drawing.
In this photo you can see the very early stages of painting. I prefer to cover each element across the entire canvas with some sort of base color and then build layers of color and detail upon that.
Preliminary layers of the tree are being laid out on each panel.
The fine tiny detailed lines in the parrot’s feathers are part of the Chinoiserie style.
Each individual tiny brushstroke help to create the highlights and shadows of this little monkey.
The original work of art is available as well as limited edition prints from Zoe Bios Creative. The center panel is 72″ x 48″ and the end panels are 72″ x 24″ Reach out to Zoe Bios Creative if you are interested in high quality giclee prints which are available to the trade. You can also catch them at the 2016 High Point Market this fall. Hope you enjoyed reading about the process, now I’m off to start another one in a Cuban Palm Beach style!!! I’ll keep you posted!