Working on portraits really does take a bit more concentration and time than making my own pieces. Instead of simply coming up with an idea of my own and hammering it out, I'm faced with the challenge of creating a work that not only looks like the person it's depicting, but captures the mood the buyer wants.
I think that's what I love most, the challenge. A big part of the challenge is the emotional aspect of it. Hearing another person's story and translating that into the work of art is difficult.
Recently, I've had the honor and pleasure of doing a couple of very cool portraits. As you may be aware (or may you're not) I now offer custom hand painted portrait necklaces. I can't tell you how much I love getting these orders! The concept itself makes me think of the miniature portraits people once carried of loved ones in the past and I always love something that links in some way to history.
This piece I recently did was a portrait for a woman who had lost her child. When she asked me about doing it, I immediately knew that I didn't want to add the ink outline to it like I usually do. Monochromatic pieces where I only paint either the shadows or the places light hits are some of my favorite kinds of pieces to do. I hadn't had a good chance to do one in a while and I thought the ethereal quality it would bring to this portrait would be perfect.
This was a larger piece and I was so excited to do it! An 8" x 8" watercolor portrait of these two lovely little sisters. They were just the perfect subjects--I mean look at those adorable faces! Loved it.
I would love to do more portraits like this, so if you're interested in an affordable watercolor portrait, please, get in touch!