Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Looking back to 2001! Connie Pratt pastel workshop on Cape Cod

That is me, second from the left.

It's always fun to look back and remember some of the fantastic workshops I was able to attend, as I was learning about fine art portraiture! Here is a photograph taken by Connie Pratt (Constance Flavell Pratt). Connie was an excellent teacher who gave a demo in the am the first Monday of the weeklong workshop, and then let us learn by painting all day, every day for the rest of the week. There was a new model each day and we spent the entire day painting (in pastel) each one!

I learned so much from the time at the easel and with her fine critiques. When you are really trying to make progress you take all critiques with the intention of improving.

Connie taught me some very subtle things about pastel and I'll always be grateful to her for that.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Secrets— Shh...commission

One of the more rewarding aspects to my work is working on Christmas Secrets... Santa's workshop gets quite busy this time of the year, as these paintings are under time contraints to be put carefully bundled and put on the sleigh. In the past I've painted portraits of children, both group and individual portraits for the gift giver. Children love to be in on secrets like this and pose for photos and maybe a quick sketch— and other times a really good digital photos is all I need.

This year I am painting a surprise painting for Christmas for a family in the Boston area. To make it easier on the person who commissioned this painting, I will have it framed and varnished, so all he will need to do is to wrap it up and put it under the tree...

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...