So excited to share with you my most recent commission. Something I haven't delved into in a while is portraits. I get lots of requests for pieces and am very open to this. The work that I have created has taken the perfect scenic route so far and has given me plenty of good challenges. Art is such a problem solving, decision making process with highs, lows and the in betweens but the passion to create always remains! Opportunities to create a diverse range of work have come my way and I have just gone with it, or you might say "going with the flow". A great way to develop and hone in on my craft.
I love creating pieces and hearing the stories behind each one, some sad, some funny and some just a special moment in time or a memory with a longing to be relived through a unique form. Portraits are always a challenge. Getting the likeness as well as the character and or mood of the person takes time and persistence. The photos given are an important part of the start of the whole process. Alot of the photos I have worked from so far have capured or hinted at the type of person within the image. You get a feeling or a certain energy that just beams from it and this is something I aim to create within both my drawings and my paintings.
The following is a portrait gift I created for my cousins 50th birthday. I can't remember what age he was here but the drawing is based on a photo that my mother had in her possession. I thought it would be a good idea to create a drawing of it as a keepsake for my cousin, to relive that moment and the memories that it would evoke. It was so funny!!
This drawing of my cousin was from a photo that was taken on the road to our Grannies house in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
When Emma contacted me to do a portrait I jumped at the chance! She always wanted to have a drawing done of her three girls (Eva, Kate and Sarah) and thought that it would be a lovely gift to give her husband. Emma sent me the photo and I couldn't wait to get started. The character that beamed from the photo was just lovely and I was eager to try my best to recreate that for Emma. It genuinely was such a lovely photo to work from.
The photo I was given to work from ...
The process ...
All wrapped up and ready to go ...
.... hanging in its new home x
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and look through the photos on the blog. I hope you enjoyed.
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