Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas Paintings

Yes, it is that time of the year again. I will be doing a couple of paintings for Christmas. One of which is my very first commission piece. If it turns out well, there may be more coming from that source.


















My little granddaughter absolutely loves horses. She is four years old and like so many little girls she has many, many "My Little Pony" ponies...I would say about 70. She got her daddy to promise her that he will build her a barn for a horse when she is old enough to take care of one. Knowing her, she will not let him forget that promise. She has been begging me to paint her a picture of a pony. I've never, ever painted a horse before but thought I would surprise her with this. Unfortunately, she walked in on me working on it and now it will not be a surprise. Oh well...no matter.


A friend of mine has a friend who wanted a painting done of a sister who has passed away and asked if I would be willing to give it a try. My friend paints, but didn't feel that she was skilled enough to do a portrait. The photograph I was given to use as a reference was not very good, but I thought I would take the challenge. I got the photograph a week ago and I think I'm done with it. I am not very happy with it, but can't find anything I can do to make it better. This is my first REAL commission piece and, needless to say, I really stressed over this piece. I'm hoping she likes it.

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16 comments:

  1. First congratulations on your commission. I'm sure your friend would not have asked for you to paint someone as dear to her if she didn't think you would do it with care and consideration. It sounds like you've accomplished that and the portrait is lovely and I am sure how your friend wants to remember her sister, happy and vibrant.

    Never painted a horse?! Looking at what you've started, I think these should be the first of many. It's great!

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  2. Thank you so much Sheila for your encouraging words. I am so hoping that the family sees this portrait as you do...a happy and vibrant sister.

    As far as the horses, I am really enjoying doing it. Maybe this will be the first of many.

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  3. wow I love the horses. yes i do love dogs. i love my dogs! hehe.

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  4. Hey Leilani...surprisingly I love the horses too. Looks like it might just turn out well.

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  5. I'm betting the sister likes the portrait...does she?

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  6. Looking forward to seeing the horses Lokelani, lovely composition)

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  7. Sam...as I said, I've never done horses before, but I am sure enjoying doing this piece.

    Celeste...I deliver the painting in a few days, so am hopeful that she does like it A LOT!! I think it can be an emotional time, so want it to be right.

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  8. Good start on the horses....I betit will end up looking fantastic.The lady in your portrait must have had amazing eyes as you have really captured them in your work.
    Renata.

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  9. Thanks for posting your paintings Aunty.

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  10. I hope the memorial portrait painting is well received. To me, it looks as if she was a vibrant loving person--you certainly captured that and I will be tuned in to see the results of the equine painting. :)

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  12. Celeste...The memorial portrait was VERY well received. Very, very emotional. Did get another commission out of that one, so am pleased. I've put the horses aside for a while to get the portrait done, but will be going back to it between dryings of this new commissioned portrait.

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  13. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Alisha

    http://sketchingdrawing.com

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  14. Alanna...thanks for letting me know you're out there. I lurk at several blogs as well and will go visit yours. Keep coming by and have a great new year.

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  15. I love your art it's wonderful, all of it

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  16. Lorraine thanks so much for coming by and your kind comment.

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