This Gave Me Chiills!!!

This Gave me chills:

A few weeks ago I finished a beautiful painting of Sarah. To begin Sarah and I discussed a number of options for her portrait and we chose to do a seductive image of her dressing in front of a mirror. My inspiration came from a painting I saw by Dino Paeni, an Italian painter. We discussed clothing, makeup and the mood of the portrait.

After I finished the painting I gave Sarah a digital image of the finished piece to use on social media and she posted it on her page. Her Great Aunt, her grandfather's sister, saw the painting and went through her images until she found this image of her mother, Sarah's Great Grandmother, posing in front of a mirror with a dresser in a white dress or slip.

Sarah had never seen this image and didn't even know of its existence. The image of her Great Grandmother was photographed in 1930 when she was about the age that Sarah is now. When Sarah showed this image to me I had chills up and down my spine! I feel like her Great Grandmother helped to inspire this portrait of her......stranger things have happened.



The Making of Rosa by the Mirror

I had a great time with Rosa creating this image!

Rosa and I got together and talked about creating a romantic image for her home. We talked about finding the right dress for the shoot.  So she and I went on a hunt over the next few weeks texting each other dresses that we found in boutiques and designer stores.  I even went to My Sister's Closet hoping someone had given life to a dress that might have been wasting a way in a closet.....but no luck.

I was walking through Scottsdale Fashion Square and saw this dress in the window.  With out hesitation I sent Rosa a photo of the dress and she loved it. I bought it!

We scheduled a time for the shoot and I showed up at her place with all of my photo equipment.  I set up my lights as she finished her makeup.  She went into the bathroom and slipped on the dress and she came out looking so stunning!  

We started to shoot images in front of her mirror, by a column and on her bed.  The images were stunning and she moved so beautifully from pose to pose - she is a natural.

I narrowed the images down to the final selection and we picked two - one on her bed and one in front of the mirror.

I went back to my office and started working on the two images- Once I had them edited to my satisfaction I started to sketch the images.  I always sketch my work before I paint it.  I used two different painting techniques on the images - the one on the bed I used brushstrokes as opposed to the image in the mirror I painted with pointillism - tiny dots of paint that together show the image from a distance but up close all you see are different colors of paint.

I love the French Impressionists and this image was in that style.  Love the Painting!

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Final Moments Together

'Final Moments Together'

I wrote about this experience a couple of months ago - the portrait is finished and has
been delivered to the client, who loves the painting. Christine has been very kind
to let me share this story.

Those of us who share our lives with a dog or a cat or another animal understand all
too well how short their lives are and how they impact us with their unconditional
love, Christine was fortunate to have a job where she could take Sam with her
everyday to work.  They spent 10 years together.

I received a call from Christine and as I listened to her tell me about Sam's
health I knew I had my task cut out for me.  I could hear in her voice the love
she felt for Sam.

Time was of the essence and I met with her to talk about the portrait she wanted me
to create for her as well as to meet my new subject - Sam.

Sam was a sweet dog as most Golden's are.  But it was the bond these two had that
I knew I had to show in the final portrait.

She wanted to think about it so I gave her my card.  She called me the next
morning to tell me that Sam had had a hard night having had a seizure and she
wasn't sure if he would make it through the day.

I was able to juggle my afternoon appointment and do a photo shoot that afternoon
in a local park.

Sam was alert and happy.....but he was just happy to be with Christine.  I set
them up together to do some formal portraits, had them walk together, did some solo
portraits of Sam.  But, the image that stood out was an image of the two of them
together relaxing and well, just being Christine and Sam.

As I was going through all of the images this one stood out from all of the others. 
As I showed the images to Christine she felt the same.

Sam passed away a few days after the shoot.

I have been creating artistic portraits for 34 years and I know how important they
are to the individuals and the families who have them.  But this portrait awakened
me as to the importance of being a portrait artist.  I am fortunate to have been
given talents and I pursue everyday to learn more so that every client I have will
have a great experience and beautiful work of art to hang in their home.

Every person who sees this portrait will appreciate its beauty but for Christine,
her family and friends it will mean so much is priceless.