Recently, collectors who own homes in Chicago and Scottsdale visited Xanadu Gallery looking for a painting to go over their fireplace in the Scottsdale home. They fell in love with a John Horejs wildflower, but the piece at the gallery was not a good size for the space and the clients wanted to emphasize different colors.
The artist went out to the home the first part of September to see the place where the commission piece would be installed. There were a couple of different sizes that could work, so John went home and built two canvases. He returned to the clients’ home the next day so they could see how the different configurations would work. They settled on 32″x48″ dimensions. John also took a giclee print of a wildflower painting he had created earlier to see how the colors and composition worked. The client decided that she would like larger poppies and more yellow in her painting.
Together, John and the clients decided it would look great to paint the border of the painting to match the wall color in the room. Armed with the right size canvas, the golden wall paint, and notes regarding poppy and color details, John went back to the studio.
A month later, John had completed “Shelley’s Garden.” Xanadu called the client to let her know there would be a painting for her to see the next time they were in Scottsdale. As luck would have it, the clients were flying to Arizona the next day and were very excited to see the finished piece.
Last Friday, John took the painting to their home. It was perfect, and the clients are very happy with their new Horejs wildflower painting.
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