Working on commissions is a process that I immensely enjoy because collaborating with clients helps me envision the perfect piece that will complete my clients’ often fully designed homes. Indeed, my clients often have a fully designed home and they are looking for the perfect piece to complete the whole picture.
Deciding the format is the first step. Format is crucial: often collectors will locate a work they are drawn to but the proportions are not right for the space they have in mind. The second step is considering the ideal color palette that will enhance the walls they wish to decorate.
We also discuss the room’s function and mood they plan to decorate. A sitting room often calls for a tonal and contemplative palette (blues, earth tones, greens, and greys) while a playroom or kitchen will invite a playful composition with vibrant colors (white, orange, blues, green, red, yellow, etc.). My ability to size up the custom piece and my skill in harmonizing colors and shapes produces the perfect piece to complete the whole picture and enhances the atmosphere clients desire.
"Working with Cecile was a joy from start to finish. I have always been drawn to her inviting landscapes that are rich with detail, balanced with color and composition, elegant, and whimsical and was excited to have one of her paintings to set the mood in the sun-filled kitchen of our new seaside home on Cape Cod.
"Two things stood out throughout the commission process: first, it was vitally important to Cecile that she understand how I wanted the painting to fit not only into the space but also into the mood of our home and to reflect the new adventures we hope to experience there. Second, Cecile took time with me to discuss plans for the painting so that we could both understand my tastes and preferences for elements such as the size, orientation, and especially the color palette. These conversations really helped me understand and embrace what I wanted in a completely non-intimidating, and in fact a very inviting, way. In fact, in our conversations, Cecile masterfully brought out my creative side and made me reflect to just the right degree what matters to me at this point in my life. Who knew we would be having such stimulating and enjoyable conversations about life and art?! Cecile brings her rich life experiences, sense of humor, and keen artistic eye to the planning and painting on many levels.
"I am very happy with the rich, vibrant, playful, enticing painting Cecile created and am thrilled to have it as a part of our new home. I highly recommend working with Cecile to create the painting you’ve always wanted!
- Nina Frusztajer"