Monday, February 13, 2017

Second of Three Commission Paintings for New Medical Center

Capitol Profile, 34 x 44, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2017
Second of three commissions for Dell Seton Medical Center
New teaching hospital at University of Texas, Austin

As I shared in my last post, I kicked off 2017 with a 3-part commission for Austin's new medical center. See the first painting HERE. Each of the paintings commissioned is a cityscape, depicting a well-loved aspect of our very cool town (we love our home!) To say that I am excited to have been chosen for this project is a huge understatement. I am thrilled!

This piece features a profile view of the Capitol building, which is at the center of our downtown area. Of course, it is fenced in for safety purposes, but its "front yard" is a mass of sweeping lawns and paths, huge trees, and sculptures made to Texas history. And the inside of the building is stunningly grand. If you are ever in town, I highly recommend the tour. 

Some shots of the painting process... 

Blocking In

 Building up the painting with color

The Finished Piece - Capitol Profile, 34x44

An interesting story about shipping these commissions...
Since the art broker for this project is located out of town, I was asked to remove the paintings from their stretcher bars, roll them up, and ship them in a tube! It's a cheaper and safer way to transport them. The paintings will get re-stretched and framed at headquarters, and then come BACK to Austin to be installed at the new medical center! 

The painting, removed from the stretcher bars and rolled up between layers of glassine (an archival paper with a neutral ph protects the surface from rubbing and sticking).


Barbara Muir said...

Love this! Wonderul painting, and I did that with the painting I showed in the Netherlands last year. For an artist it's scary to take the work off the stretcher.
I did exactly what you did. This is so exciting Laurel.

Happy Valentine's Day. So wonderful.


Jan F. said...

Laurel, how long did you wait for it to dry before you removed it from the stretcher bars? Just curious.

Wonderful painting!

Sharon L. Graves said...

Love the painting. I have been on the other end of the equation. Someone bought a painting in the Caribbean that had been taken off the stretcher bars and they brought it to me to put back on new bars. That was fun. Love the painting.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...


thanks for sharing your process as you scale up !

Very successful painting.