Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Luxury Birthday Gifts Idea: A Commissioned Portrait or Painting

One of the most exciting parts of my job is working with clients for special occasion gifts such a birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.

Married clients may choose to have their wife painted or their children. I've painted several woman for their birthday gifts and many groups of children for anniversary gifts.

Engaged couples may choose a special place that is meaningful to have painted for a wedding gift.

Children might ask for a special place to be painted for their parents or to have their parents painted.

It is meanginful to me to be asked to paint for these occasions and always joyous to hear how happy the recipient is.

I have gift certificates available if you'd like for the recipient to be in on the decision-making for the painting.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wedding photos can make lovely memorable paintings

While the vast amount of my work is of contemporary portrait subjects and settings, once in a while I'm asked to paint posthumous paintings and other types of works.

Recently I was asked to paint an oil from an existing photo from about 50 years ago. The widower had recently lost his beloved wife. I was happy to oblige. In this case I utilzed a range of photographic reference and was very pleased to hear from him that I was spot on in capturing his wife! It was rewarding to put more color into the piece to make their skin tones fresh and believable as well as to create her floral bouquet.

Photo from Client: Triple portrait framed, gifted and hung in Georgia!




Hearing from my clients and receiving word that the commissioned painting has been framed, hung and is being enjoyed by all is one of the most rewarding aspects to my work. I have also found that framed original artwork adds a level of enrichment to a home that cannot be matched by prints or other works. Portraits go even deeper than this and provide an everlasting record of one's love for the portrait aubjects.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Christmas Secrets...shh...Unveilings—Triple portrait delivered to the South in time for Anniversary gift!



This portrait was a delight to do in anticipation of an anniversary gift for a husband as a gift to his wife. The painting traveled to Georgia in time for the special day. Christmas secrets in July, what can be better...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New portrait commission: William



Dudley
oil on linen
28" x 22"
private collection

To go to my children's portrait commissions gallery

Sonia Hale is an award-winning, nationally-collected artist in Boston. She paints commissioned portraits for families and institutions nationwide. Her original landscape and still life oil paintings can be purchased at http://www.soniahale.com. For more information, go to http://www.soniahale.com. You can reach her by email at soniahale1@gmail.com.