This is Nancy McClain, pioneer mother and Great-great (perhaps another "great") Grandmother of my dear friend and client. The only photo of Nancy shows a woman who had endured suffering and heartache. My friend asked me to create a pencil portrait of her grandmother without the hard edge that age and the old photography style created.
This is a recent 8x10 pencil portrait commission. Each subject was taken from a large group family photo and repositioned to create a portrait of only the father and his two sons. A satisfying piece to create.
It's all about watercolors these days, or so it seems. This is a recently finished watercolor portrait for a new friend and client from the huge state of Texas. Created from three different photographs (yes, there are only two boys). Boy on the right needed separate head and body shots fused together to generate this pose.
My first watercolor landscape done at the request of my dear mother-in-law. It is her childhood home in Northern Idaho. If you've got good eyes you can see the Grand Tetons in the distance.
This is the wife of an American fallen soldier as her husband's body is returned to it's native soil. He was killed in the line of duty just days after being home for the birth of his first child. It is an 11x14 colored pencil portrait on smooth Bristol paper.
*Just a note to say that somehow this received a blue ribbon at the AZ State Fair. I wasn't finished with it when it was time to take in the entries. I'll finish it and post it when it's done.
This is a work in progress, just felt like posting something new as I haven't worked much this Summer with all of the kids home. This painting still needs skin tone work and detail but is mostly finished and I am quite happy with it's progress as is my client. I should have the finished product ready to post by the middle of September.
Here is a graphite portrait on Strathmore Bristol paper, 11x14. The original photo was beautiful but quite a bit of detail was blurred and there was damage from being handled for so many years (scratches and creases). I was pretty happy with the end result and I believe that my client was as well. As you can see from the original posted above the right (his left) side of his head was missing. So I attempted to create an ear and hair line for him as well as adding a little detail that was either missing or very faint in the photo.
Having fun with watercolors. This is a card/painting that I made for my sister's birthday. It says, "Sisters are like grapes...they grow together, plump and juicy, and, if they aren't consumed, turn into raisins and get sweeter."