24 June 2014

New Work: Aubrey and Jacob

Why the long pause between posts?  I've been working on 2 commissioned portraits for a private buyer in California.  They were purchased as a gift for the kids' mom, so I didn't want to post any photos before now (didn't want to spoil the surprise!)

So here they are, Aubrey and Jacob.




Each one is 12" x 12" finished, sewn onto black canvas which was then stretched over 14" x 14" wooden stretcher bars.  A wire is attached to the back for easy hanging.

I love getting a commission when I'm free to "play" with color and composition!  For these adorable munchkins, I chose colors to reflect their bright, energetic personalities (as described by the client). And since the pieces are small, I thought the bold colors would add visual impact, but it needed a palette that would work for a boy and a girl. I went with some playful color combinations, hopefully not too cutesy-cutesy.

My frequent partner-in-creativity, Carol R Eaton, created hand dyed color packs intended for my Magnolia workshop. But I had other plans for some of them! I rummaged through several packs to find just the right colors and shades for these portraits.  Guess I'll have to find other uses for the leftovers! LOL

Here are a couple detail photos:

Aubrey – I loved working on her hair, with those wispy lines and cool braid.  Fun!


Jacob – Just wanted to pinch those cheeks.  LOL