Please read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 to recap.
Let’s Pick Up with a Hiccup!
So I left off last weeks blog with a slight hiccup…
My client came to see the painting and she liked it but I could sense something was bothering her.
“I had misinterpreted her want for silver, black, a hint of green, pink and purple tones to mean that was all the colours she wanted in the piece.”
When we got into it she divulged that she had wanted more of an orange/pink glow in the sunset and that the whole painting was a bit monotone. I had misinterpreted her want for silver, black, a hint of green, pink and purple tones to mean that was all the colours she wanted in the piece.
This turned out not to be the case.
What to do next?
I listened to her requests and told her that I would first come up with a digital overlay of what she was asking for.
“It is important to listen to the needs of your client…”
I do this to see what the painting will look like with the changes and if it actually suits the painting. Here is what I came up with:
What I did here was take the photo of the painting and use the ‘airbrush’ feature in my Ulead programme (most photo editing packages have an airbrush feature) to paint in the required adjustments.
I saw that it actually brought the picture to life.
It is important to listen to the needs of your client but it is also important to stick with the integrity of the painting. What does that mean?
Well, if I feel that the changes that the client wants do not fall in line with the artwork then I will let them know. If I feel strongly that it will ‘take away’ from the artwork, then I try to explain the potential hiccups in changing the piece.
However, in this case, the changes my customer wanted actually enhanced the artwork and I had to agree with her in the end, that it was for the betterment of the piece.
Once we had discussed all the little changes she wanted, I went back to the drawing board (or easel, in this case).
The Finished Project
After implementing the final adjustments to the painting, the Soulworks Project was complete!
Here is a picture of the finished artwork.
My client was thrilled it now hangs in her office/consulting room and she now uses it on her business cards and brochures as well as her website. Check out her site at www.soulworks.co.za.
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