Thursday, August 15, 2013

Snorkeling Maui

This painting was inspired by a photo that my great-niece, Amanda, shared of her snorkeling adventures in Maui.  I knew right away I wanted to paint it.  I knew I wanted the look of wild hair floating and swaying in the current.  I also wanted to show the light filtering down from above and onto her outstretched arms.  I added bubbles from the movement of her hair and waves above her head but chose to leave the lower portion of the painting rather static because I envision her floating, bobbing with the current while looking at the menagerie of fish around her.  I also didn't want to detract from the eyes and mask with too much movement.

Reference photo

Pencil drawing directly on 140# Arches cold press watercolor paper

To be honest, I actually really like this cropped version.  As you can see, I took a lot of artist license here.  I wasn't trying for a portrait of my niece but rather the wonderful feeling of floating and moving with the gentle current but with some excitement in the colors.

Snorkeling Maui
8-1/2 x 12
Arches 140# Cold-Press Paper 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pet Portrait - Fundraising Project #2

Commissioned Piece "Kate"
Charcoal on Charcoal Paper
Private Collection 

*To find out how you can get a custom portrait of your pet and participate in a random-act-of-kindness project, scroll down to my post on June 30th, 2013 for the details or contact me via email.  I am offering 10 pet portraits pro-bono.