I just delivered the set of portraits yesterday.. and I was so nervous! But as soon as the grandmother saw them, my nervous feelings turned to joyful feelings! She loved them so much she had tears in her eyes! Thank goodness.. I guess I am still so new at this and I find myself so vulnerable when I put my work out there to be judged. But that is definitely something that will have to change since I want to pursue this as my career. And I have been told that is will get easier as I go. I'm so excited for what is ahead of me. I have two commissions that I am starting soon. One is of a mother and her two daughters on kindergarten graduation day, and the other an amazing scene of deer that my client got a picture of while on a trip with her husband. Both are special memories, and they are entrusting me to paint these memories that will be treasured forever.. I love that I get to be a part of it, and that is why I do what I do.
I just completed this home portrait rendering today.. I actually found it at the bottom of one of my art boxes a few days ago.. It has been half way finished for the past 6 years! I wonder what else I will find...
I am currently working on this pet portrait of a sweet little kitty named Tiger Lily. She belongs to my Aunt, and I have heard how she keeps her giggling all day long.. She has the cutest, spunkiest little way about her..
I finally finished this little guy up! Now the hard part for me.. I have to take the portrait to my clients.. I always get so nervous! I wonder if that will ever change.. Do any of you artists that do commissioned work struggle with nerves? I would love some advice from you on that!
I decided to frame this piece in a driftwood frame with a double mat. My intentions were to display this painting in a rich ornate gold frame, but when I took it in, I found that it just didn't work with it. I had Giclee prints made on an acid free watercolor paper with an archival of over 200 years. Each print comes mounted on a sturdy foam core board. I would be happy to help with matting and framing if you need it.