Yesterday as I was driving home, I was thinking about how special it is that my two sons are both under two years old right now, and how brief a moment in time this will be. I can’t believe they’ll be men one day.
A few weeks ago my wife, son and I went to Florida for a few days, and it was the first time our son saw the ocean! He was actually asleep when pulled in to the parking lot, so we carried him out in his car seat and sat on the beach, about 30 ft from the water, listening to the sounds of the waves, and watching the sun slowly make its way down the horizon. After a few minutes, our son calmly woke up and gazed out upon the ocean. It was serene. Eventually, we got him out of his seat and made our way into the water (holding him above the water, of course!).
This oil portrait is going to be a photo of him being held over the water, gazing out into the sea.
As with all of my portraits, it starts with meticulous measuring and drawing! As this progresses, you’ll see it turn from a simple drawing to a colorful and lively oil portrait!
Just yesterday I put the finishing touches in this oil portrait painting of my nephew. I like this photo because of how he’s looking up at the camera, eyes open with wonder! To learn more about commissioning a baby portrait, visit loudounbabyartist.com
As I wrote on Loudoun Baby Artist yesterday, this past month has been super busy for my wife and I, what with midwife appointments and preparing for the birth of our son, who was born over a week ago now! We had a home-birth, and he was born in our bedroom with the morning rise of the sun. Thanks be to God. Now I know what everyone meant when they said we’d be tired. Good grief!
Anyhow, I’ve been working on this painting of my nephew, which I started before our son was born. Now that our son is here, I’m trying to finish up this painting so that I can do a painting of our baby boy!
Here is a photo of the progression of the oil portrait of my nephew. It’s getting close to being finished! My sister will be in for a surprise when she receives this in the mail.
My wife and I went to Argentina in August with my mother-in-law, so I wanted to give my mother-in-law a gift that would be relevant to that visit. Since I’m an Artist, I thought of creating a portrait!
So, I drew a portrait of her father Marcos, who was from Buenos Aires and was the son of immigrants from Russia and Poland. He was known to my wife as “Lito Marcos.” “Lito” is short for “abuelito”, or “abuelo”, which means “grandpa” in Spanish.
Lito Marcos is one of two family members of my wife that I didn’t get to meet (the other was her great-grandmother “Mama Polita” from Ecuador). From all accounts, we would have gotten along great, as he loved to watch sports games on the couch, just like I do!
I’m not sure if I ever wrote a post about this painting, but this is a painting I did in 2012 of my grandmother and I (we call her Mamaw). She was having lots of health issues and was really in bad condition in the hospital, so I flew out to see her in Ohio. At the time, I really thought that she wouldn’t be with us for much longer. It turns out that I was only half right…she made it out of the hospital and is still alive today, albeit now in a nursing home and with Alzheimer’s.
My grandfather, who we called Papaw, was in much better condition at the time. Sadly he passed away earlier this year…before my grandmother! He must have seen that she wasn’t in such good condition, and thought that he had to go first.
I wasn’t ever as close to Mamaw as I was with my maternal grandmother, but Mamaw was always sweet to me, though she definitely has a sharp mouth, sarcastic humor, and can ‘dish it out’ as well as she can take it.
So in the end this wasn’t exactly goodbye, though in some ways it was, what with the Alzheimer’s. In either case, I thought this painting would be something many people could relate to.
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:
Measure, Calculate and Sketch
Put some music on and paint!
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!
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.
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.
After much work sketching, measuring and aligning, I’ve got three of four family members onto the canvas and ready to paint!
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!