A surprise gift for my brother and sister in law, this is my nephews Tyler and Adam, and my twin nieces Hailey and Lyndsay. I used a couple of different photos of them from their Disney vacation a few years ago (had to do some Facebook stalking for pics!).
Acrylic on canvas, 24×30, painted in 2013.
Reference photos below:
And an extra one of Adam because he was making a goofy face in the other pic.
A portrait of my great-niece Maddy splashing in the lake, for her second birthday. Granted, it’s really more of a present for her mom and dad, but years from now, when she’s forgotten all the toys and outgrown all the clothes, the family will still cherish this painting.
Funny… they always tell actors not to work with kids and pets, and they’re both my favorite to work with.
Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 16×20.
Maddy’s Reference Photo.
This is an oldie… painted while I was in college of my three nieces. Some of it was painted while they sat for me, some from a variety of photos, because asking very active girls, then age 2 through 12, to sit still long enough to take their photo is hard enough, let alone sit for a portrait.
Painted in 1993-ish. Oil on board, 18×24. Apologies for the blurry photo… I took the pic with my phone.
I’m not crazy about this one, but I’m ready to call it done. It was mostly painted for practice, since I haven’t painted many people recently. And it’s a reminder why I love painting animals. There’s no egos involved. I don’t want to paint the skin folds on my chin and neck. But skin folds are adorable on a pug or boxer or bloodhound or bulldog. Lucky little furballs.
The reference photo wasn’t a good choice. Trevor’s face, and mine, were at odd angles, and I had to amp up the shadows a bit, since the original pic was taken with a flash. Flash tends to wash out shadows. Natural lighting is best, since it has more depth.
Painted in 2013, acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
This was a wedding gift for my niece Sarah, of her, her husband Eddie and their golden retriever Toby James. But I didn’t want to wait until her wedding to give it to her, so I told her the frame was her shower gift and the painting their wedding gift, and gave it early. I’m not known for my patience.
It was my first time painting people portraits in ages, and I think the first time I painted a guy, ever. 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 24×36.
There were tears. Mission accomplished. :)