Sunday, January 30, 2011

Boy With Sailboat

I came across this painting I did several years back.  It was just sitting at the bottom of a bin full of art supplies.  A great spot for it right?  I love the simpleness of this painting.  The colors are light, the boy is pondering in thought.  It inspires me in a way and brings to life the calm sounds and peacefulness of the oceans crashing waves on the shore.  Kind of crazy that I can get all of that just by looking at a little boy with a sailboat.  I guess I can just envision the view in front of him.  Wow, this really gets me excited for a family vacation to the coast.  Do you have any feelings when you see this painting or something similar to it?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Feeling Inspired

I made a trip to my art supply store a couple days ago, and treated myself to some new paints.. Winsor and Newton's Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue (green shade), and  Aureolin.  I am so excited to get painting!  Getting new brushes and paint's is like a child getting a new puppy!  I can't wait to play with them, and try new things.  It fascinates me the way that the colors blend together.  I also treated myself to a new palette.  This one is much larger than my others and has a lid on it to keep the paints wet.  So I am excited.  I am starting another portrait today.  He is a sweet little boy named Kyren and is the older brother to the previous portrait I recently finished of Rowan.  I will try to post my WIP later this afternoon or tomorrow morning.  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful Thursday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I Think I'm Done...

Okay.. I am getting to the point where I am afraid of overworking this portrait.  Sometimes it is just better to leave it alone.  I am pretty happy with how it has come together. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Another Update

So I am nearing the end of this portrait.. It has been a great experience and insight to how a commissioned portrait will work.  It takes time and a lot of updates for my commissioner to see the painting come together.. Which I just love!  It is exciting and shows just how much work is really involved and how all the layers create something cool.  I hope this year will bring me more commissioned portraits and animal portraits as well.  This is what I love doing most and if I can get away with making my love affair with art my career, then bring it on!  Thanks for looking friends.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nearing The End...

I am getting so close to finishing this portrait of my three handsome cousins.  Yet there is still so much to do as far as details, background, and shirts go.  I am planning on painting them in light blue and white pinstripe button up shirts.  The amount of time that is going into this portrait is a little more than I anticipated, however, this is also the first portrait I have painted with three people in it.  I am shooting to have the final portrait finished in this next week sometime. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Work in Progress

I'm having so much fun with all of the layering in this painting.  Although it takes forever..  I am looking forward to painting in a dark dramatic background.  I will post another update soon.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Andrew's Progress

Just added more layers to Andrew.. Will post another update in a few hours.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I just wrapped up Rowan's portrait.  I really enjoyed painting such an angelic little boy.  He was commissioned by his grandparents.  They gifted their son and daughter-in-law with a portrait their two sons.  I am going to start the next one tonight, and I hope to have him done in a couple days.