Thursday, November 11, 2010
"Iris Floral", an 18" diameter reverse hand painted glass chandelier that includes irons, electrical, chain and canopy. This was a commissioned piece. Jenny Floravita's Hand Painted Chandeliers can be purchased through Jenny Floravita's website http://www.floravitalights.com
I really don't get a chance to thank my clients enough for the opportunities to create their custom painted glass chandeliers. It's an honor to work on each piece. Iris Floral was in particular an extra special chandelier to create.
I first met my client a few years ago at an art show and she had purchased a unique little oil painting of a Santa Barbara scene. Through the years I have sold hundreds of paintings and if that seems like a lot it's only because I am an artist and it's my profession to create and exhibit paintings. Any successful artist will tell you the same. To get back to my point, even though I've sold so many works I almost always remember every single client and our conversations. Sometimes when I see my collectors I hold back what I remember as people don't expect you to retain so much information.
Art is very personal and when there is a connection, I do listen. It helps me to release my new works and understand the new homes that they will go to. A hand painted chandelier or an oil painting, it doesn't matter as I put part of my life's energy into each piece.
Commissions are especially important. The painting process is different and I paint slower and refer to details through out the entire process. I really try to understand the piece in it's context before my brush ever even hits the glass.
Part of what makes this hand painted glass chandelier so special is because it's part of a new beginning for my friend. All of the elements were carefully selected. We used iris flowers from her fabulous backyard. the butterflies were special and if you were to see her yard, you'd know why the butterflies frequent. We added parrots and a palm tree (which I am known for painting in my traditional oil and watercolors) as a symbol of paradise. The lavender and rose colors are meant to compliment her room color.
This was a smaller hand painted chandelier and thus a lot of focus was put into it to make sure all of the details and special elements made it to the glass. May this painted chandelier bring much deserved joy!
To see more reverse painted glass chandeliers and art by Jenny Floravita, please visit my websites: www.floravitalights.com and www.floravita.com