One Bride, Two Ways

A lovely friend of mine commissioned a drawing from her wedding, but couldn't decide what medium would best represent the moment she chose.

She sent a gorgeous photo of her father walking her down the aisle.  He's beaming at his daughter while she reflects that radiant smile toward her future husband.  (I can personally attest that I've never seen a more joyful, exuberant bride walk down an aisle - her happiness was infectious!)

How to best show that on paper?  I tried two ways: pen-and-ink and charcoal.

On one hand, I like the ink cross-hatching on structured things like the suit.  But the charcoal gave the figures much softer suggestions of expression.

With two portraits to choose from, the only remaining decision for the bride was which to keep and which to give to her father!  She's beautiful either way.  :)

 

Delinquent (with a side of portraits)

I am currently staring at (and avoiding) a list with 15 ideas for blog posts.  I drafted it last year and haven't even touched it yet in 2016.  There is SO MUCH I need to catch up on!

Talking to some current clients put me in a lovey-dovey mood and reminded me of this sweet engagement portrait I did for a couple last fall.  

This was a little 11x14" painting on wood.  The very smooth texture was great for laying down fine details.

The texture showed up really well when it was all dry and finished.

Love watching the progress from monochrome underpainting to final piece!

I'll try to update more soon and fill in some of the work I've done in the last year.  Lots to show you!

Hello, gorgeous

I've been keeping this one a secret!  

I was dually inspired this month to try something new.  First, I've been drooling over watercolors by artists like PVE, Inslee, Taylor, and others, and wanted to give it a go.  Second, I had the most amazing time taking part in my friend Lisa's October wedding.  She's a beautiful person on the inside and out, always considering the world with eyes wide open and a radiant smile.  She consistently challenges me and expands my perspective.

I took a sneaky iPhone pic while she was waiting for guests to arrive at the reception site, and the light fell beautifully on her dress.  I used that shot as my inspiration to experiment with watercolor portraits.

Here she is!

 

One funny thing that happened during framing...

I put the mat up on the window, so I could see through it and align the painting and tape it to the back of the mat.  The sun was setting just so, so that the painting glowed in reverse.  I tried to take some photos because I just liked how it looked.  The one below is silly.  :)

Here she goes, nice and framed, getting all packed up for delivery!  So long for now, dear friend!  You are lovely!

Summer Portrait: Towheaded Trio

One of the most challenging and rewarding projects I completed this summer was a portrait of three siblings.

oil on canvas, 24x30"

oil on canvas, 24x30"

The painting was based on a photograph that was taken around 1990.  Don't you just love their outfits and baby blond hair?  What a fantastic source photo… the lighting was amazing!

This was my first foray into the world of 3/4 figure multi-child portraiture.  It's a huge genre, full of incredibly talented artists, so I was a little daunted to throw my name into the ring… I tried to stay true to my own style and remember every lesson from every class while channeling my portraiture icons.  Still, I learned a lot along the way, and this painting went through many revisions.  (You may have seen my Instagram posts with all kinds of red circles around what needed to change!)

I'm happy with the way everyone turned out, especially their sweet little faces!

I went all over the house, photographing the painting in different light.  I took it outside for a little while and sort of like how it looks in this photo - the painting background blends in with the foliage in the backyard!

Here's an image of the texture of the paint strokes from the side… can't fake that with a print.  Love it.

This client is framing the portrait now and eventually hanging it in their living room.  If I get to see the painting in situ, I'll be sure to update you and gush about its new home!