While I can embroider and make quilts (hand-quilting, mind you), I like to paint and draw the most. I’ve been “arting” since I was a young child. I really like to do watercolor portraits of children, although I’m doing adults and animals, too. Much of my work has been commissioned portraits. But, I had to take a long break while I raised my kids and ran my graphic and web design business, MindSqueezeCreative, just doing some commissioned portraits here and there.
I’m transitioning to full-time painting, and I’m taking commissions again for 2021.
I find that the best paintings don’t come from a posed picture from a department store or photo studio, or the like. They look so…posed. Where’s the fun in that? The best ones come from life (although kids are hard to do from life), candids, off your camera or mine, in a variety of situations that convey energy or interest or personality, or even just “Awwww.” Some pictures practically paint themselves. Each painting has a backstory. But with memorial paintings (I’ve done three in 2020), that may be the only picture you have. I can probably work with it.
I like to choose from a variety of photos of the subject, if I can, to give you the best painting. I can take some creative license on the background, etc. if you don’t have the perfect photo. We can discuss it and come up with a solution. I sometimes like to just drop out the background altogether, to concentrate on the subject(s). We can discuss what you want to do.
Keep an eye out on my site. I have a several personal paintings in process, commissions being done (do you want to be added to my 2021 waitlist?), starting to enter juried art competitions again, and I’m doing a lot more work now. I’m also working on offering prints, notecards, and the like online in 2021.
Contact me today, and let’s talk about a commissioned painting for you.
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