Sunday, January 25, 2015

Unveilings...Full Length Girl's OIl Portrait for family in the South

Katie Blair
28" x 40"
oil on linen

It was a joy to work on this painting of this little Southern Beauty. Working on capturing her charm in her dear gesture was my goal. Her parents were extremely pleased and I was very happy to be entrusted to paint their daughter. Photo supplied by the ever-talented Elizabeth Dondis of New Orleans.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Small Paintings from Life in Kennebunkport, Maine

Here are my paintings from last summer, which I'm finally posting. They were painted from life in the early hours of morning, my favorite time to paint outdoors. They were painted on board which is a departure from my usual custom and I enjoyed the challenge of capturing these little scenes quickly on the spot. Please click the titles (which link to my website) to learn more about these paintings.

Coastal Beauty
8 x 10
Oil on board
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Goose Rocks Beach Morning
9 x 12
Oil on board
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Lords Point Road Coastal
8 x 10
Oil on board
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Kennebunkport Coast
8 x 10
Oil on board
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Full Length Commission Nearly Complete: A children's portrait

I'll be posting my latest commission in the next few weeks. As it is a surprise, I'll hold off on any progress photos for now.

This full length girl's portrait will be a 50th Birthday gift to a husband in the South. It is exciting to consider the unveiling in a few weeks.

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.

When I saw her last, with her lovely sister Jane, Jane said they'd agreed I was her best student, which completely floored me.

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.