Spanish Bullfight Painting – Toro y Matador

Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería is one of the most famous bullfighting rings in Europe, located in Seville, Spain.

This oil painting depicts the moment when the bull entered the ring to face the matador.

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Toro y Matador

Flamenco Beach Oil Painting

Flamenco Beach, located on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. Tranquil azure waters, white sand and tropical foliage…ahhh.

8″ x 10″ Oil Painting on Canvas

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Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico – Oil Painting – SOLD

 

Family Portrait Painting Completed!

The portrait painting is finished!

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Family Portrait Painting | Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas | 18″ x 24″

The creation of this painting was a process of gathering photos of the subjects, aligning them together into a scene to appear as if they had posed together, calculating and measuring proportions during the sketch, and then working magic with the paint and brush!

Here is a quick recap:

  1. Gather Photos: IMG_1839
  2. Measure, Calculate and Sketch

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    Portrait Painting Sketch
  3. Put some music on and paint!
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    Portrait Painting Progress
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    Portrait Painting Progress
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    Completed Family Portrait Painting | Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas | 18″ x 24″

    The last step now is to deliver the painting, which will happen either later today or tomorrow!

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you all have a great time with your friends and family this week and next!

To commission your own special portrait art, please see the Commission Custom Art page.

 

Family Portrait Painting Progress

First came the drawing, and now the paint!

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Each day brings more progress on this portrait painting, which is great because I’m coming up on the Christmas deadline!

A Confession of Love and Proposal for Marriage through Fine Art

Will you marry me? That is the question that will be proposed when this painting is shown (along with a ring) to the surprise recipient – my client’s girlfriend and soon-to-be fiancee.

The idea was born 6 years ago, before he had met his girlfriend, when he was envisioning and dreaming of someone that would be his “saving angel” from his distressed past.

This vision is reflected in the painting – a reach to the sky and toward the one he loves, while breaking free from a tormenting connection to trouble, depicted through a chained connection to a representation of the devil.

Witnessing the moment are the bride-to-be’s sister, brother, mother and father, as well as the groom-to-be’s step-father, mother, sister, brother-in-law, and father.

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Custom Painting – Oil on Canvas – 3 ft. x 5 ft.

I can’t believe this painting is now completed! I remember meeting my client a few months ago to talk about the idea and coming up with the initial sketches. It was definitely a challenge to align proportionally everyone in the painting, but the end result turned out beautifully.

Family Portrait Painting Progression

After much work sketching, measuring and aligning, I’ve got three of four family members onto the canvas and ready to paint!

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This portrait painting is unique in that because it’s a surprise, we had to gather photos of the four family members and put them together to appear as if they had posed together. For the wife and husband, it was easy because we already had a good photo of them together. But for the children, we didn’t have a good recent photo of them with their parents.

So what’d we do? We logged into the Mom’s Facebook account and searched for good photos of her children on their profiles! I found a couple that I thought would work great, so I’ve put my math brain to work in aligning them all together and adjusting the images on the photos to enlarge proportionally onto the canvas.

The deadline for this one is Christmas, so lot’s of work left to do!

 

Family Portrait Painting – Surprise Christmas Gift!

Measurements and drawing – 2 key steps in my process for creating a great-looking portrait painting!

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Sketching out a portrait painting

This particular portrait painting is of a family of 4 and will be a Christmas surprise for 3 of the family members.

I’m using a Utrecht Renaissance Belgian Linen canvas for this one…I love Utrecht canvases, they’re really the best ones I’ve found out there!

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Utrecht Renaissance Belgian Linen Canvas

Themes of Heaven, Hell and Love

While most of the East Coast of the U.S. is keeping an eye on the record-setting storm (I am too, actually), I’m busy creating a custom, Renaissance-style painting with themes of heaven, hell and love! I can’t wait to finish and deliver this painting, as I know the meaning it has for several people that are being painted into the painting! More to come later.

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“I’m Here, Loudoun” Mural for Mobile Hope of INOVA

Homeless Children in Loudoun County, Virginia

Public art is often used to beautify spaces in the public domain and/or to convey a message. Recently, I painted and installed a mural painting to bring light to the situation of nearly 700 students that the Loudoun County Public School system has identified as homeless. There are likely hundreds more children, not in the school system, that are homeless. They sleep in cars, the woods, abandoned warehouses, or “couch surf” among their friends. This is currently taking place in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States!

Mobile Hope is a program of INOVA Loudoun Hospital that was born out of this awareness and serves to meet the basic needs of these children through donations of food, clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, medical care and providing other helpful resources.

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The “I’m Here, Loudoun” mural for Mobile Hope is a metaphor for the early difficulty these youth face. It portrays the sequential bloom of the lotus, a flower which grows out of murky darkness to become shining and radiant. Next to the blooming flower is the image of a young child walking next to a supportive adult.

The child’s shirt is a strong red color, symbolizing all of life’s intense emotions, from anger, danger and mourning to strength, love and vitality.

The mural and accompanying poem encompass the often hidden misfortune of homeless children in Loudoun County, yet show that with love and help from others in our community, these children can also grow and thrive.

Being bilingual, I decided to also paint the poem in Spanish, as Loudoun County is home to over 38,000 Latinos, some of whom are also affected by homelessness.

An unopened bud, a hidden soul

Invisible misfortune, does anyone know?

Un capullo cerrado, una alma escondida

¿Hay alguien que sabe de mi invisible agonía?

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See my light, see me grow

Out of the dark, a blooming soul

Ve mi lez, veme crecer

De la oscuridad, voy a florecer

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Lend me your hand, help me to rise

Clean, pure, beautiful, wise

Si me cuidas bien, seré hermosa y luminosa

Si me das tu cariño, seré un día una gran persona

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The “I’m Here, Loudoun” mural is on display at the Mobile Hope location. I hope that it can be a source of awareness and inspiration!

 

Dog Portrait Art – Paintings and Drawings

Dog portraits are a popular commission for many artists, as dogs really are a part of our families. My own family owned our Bichon Frise dog Desire for many years, and she was a great friend!

In the commissions I’ve done, I’ve found that receiving a portrait painting of a beloved pet is just as meaningful as a portrait painting of a family member. One of my clients even fought off tears as she received her dog portrait:

“Dave, thank you for the beautiful painting of Otis, my sister’s black lab. It brought tears to my eyes when you showed it to me. The likeness is incredible. My sister had the same reaction when I gave it to her. She can’t get over how well you captured his soulful expression. You are truly a gifted artist. Thanks, Dave.”

To commission your own special dog portrait art, please see the Commission Custom Art page.

Here are some of the commissioned dog portraits I’ve done:

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