Es­cap­ing the client maze

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Julie ex­plains how a piece re­jected by a client ended up be­ing one of her favourite paint­ings Ari­adne and the Mino­taur is an epic paint­ing, com­plex in light and com­po­si­tion. “This is my take on the myth of the mino­taur in the labyrinth,” Julie says. “Ari­adne is go­ing to take mat­ters into her own hands. I re­ally en­joy work­ing with slightly ab­stracted and sur­real el­e­ments when I’m given the op­por­tu­nity or when it makes sense to do so.”

The op­por­tu­nity arose as part of a com­mis­sion. When the client de­cided the im­age wasn’t what they were look­ing for, Julie for­got about the piece. When she next looked over Ari­adne and the Mino­taur, she liked the con­cept so much she de­cided to com­plete it as a per­sonal pro­ject, re­ju­ve­nat­ing her love of paint­ing for paint­ing’s sake.

“I was asked to make thumb­nails for a com­mis­sioned pro­ject. I re­ally liked this idea and lay­out, but the client wanted me to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. So, a while later, I went back and re­vis­ited the con­cept and ended up fin­ish­ing it on my own. Now it’s one of my favourite pieces.”

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