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



  1. Great portraits - love the quilting and the colour. Thanks for all the inspiration :-)

    1. Thank you! Portraits are a challenge, but I had a lot of fun with these! ~Kate

  2. Wow! Just when I think you can't top the last design you blow me away with a new one! Just amazing!

  3. These are fabulous! I'm sure the client will be thrilled.

  4. They are wonderful. What treasures for you client

  5. Hola mi nombre es Estrella y vivo en Sevilla (España) Es la primera vez que visito su blog y me ha encantado todos sus trabajos . Es maravilloso como capta las expresiones de las caras y parece que son fotos. He disfrutado mucho de todos sus trabajos a mi me gustaría empezar con algún proyecto pequeño de este tipo de diseños. Yo soy muy autodidacta y aprendo mucho viendo trabajo de las personas. Gracias por todo lo que ha expuesto en su blog, Estoy muy agradecida saludos voy a usar el traductor de google para que pueda entender un poco todo lo que he escrito

    Hello my name is Star and I live in Seville (Spain) is the first time I visit your blog and have loved all his works. It is wonderful and captures the expressions of the faces and appear to be photos. I have really enjoyed all my jobs I would start with a small project of this type of design. I am a self-taught and I learn a lot watching people work. Thanks for everything you have stated in your blog, I am very grateful greetings will use the google translator so you can understand a little of everything I've written

    1. Hi Estrella! Thank you for the nice compliments. Good luck with your art projects and have a wonderful summer! :-)
      Hola Estrella! Gracias por los buenos elogios que. Buena suerte con sus proyectos de arte y tener un verano maravilloso!


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