Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jealous Curator Print Giveaway

The Jealous Curator is awesome and she's giving away 2 of my prints on her site RN!

saatchi art … two for you, two for me!
Confession: When it’s 1am and I don’t have a post for the next day, Saatchi Art is where I go every single time {I have a major weakness for their “portraits” section}. Anywho, I’ve written about a lot of their artists over the past few years and so last week they very sweetly, and totally unnecessarily, gave me a gift card to buy whatever I wanted from their gorgeous site. Um, okay! But wait, I wanted to make sure I shared the love, so here’s what I decided to do… instead of buying one original, I chose two beautiful prints… a set of two, in fact. Do you see where this is going? Yep, I’m going to hang these beauties on my living room wall, and I’m going to give the matching set to one of you! YAY! After hours of deliberation {literally}, this is what I chose:

Sigh. Gorgeous. Two prints by American painter Erin Fitzpatrick. I wrote about her last April and so many of you went crazy for this fabulous portrait, titled “Lane”, so I bought it… twice! It’s 18″x24″, but there was still money left and I felt like this fabulous lady needed a 14″x14″ companion, so I added this leaf study, also from Erin’s portfolio {handy tool on Saatchi to give a sense of scale, while showing us exactly how they’ll look in our perfect/clean living rooms!}. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this little duo… I love them so, so much! If you love them too, and want a chance to win these two prints{valued at over $200}, leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Friday November 21st at noon PST. Good luck! {and thank you so much, Saatchi – that was realllllly fun!}

Monday, November 3, 2014

More Than Meets The Eye


Hey Y'all,

In about two weeks I'm going to recap this past year of self-employment. In the mean time, I'll mention that aside from painting portraits, Ive done quite a few freelance jobs. I've been the art director on a short film, art department for a TV commercial,  illustrated the look book for a shoe company and storefront decals to decorate Charles Street for the holiday season. I've been a letterpress operator and a hired photographer. 

Let's talk a little more about that last one. 

While most know me as a portrait painter, I have developed a bit of a knack for portrait photography. I mean, think about it; I've shot hundreds of reference photos for my paintings. My clients want to look good in their portraits, and I want my models to look great in my personal work. I don't magically transform my subjects with paint. I start with strong reference photos that accurately represent the models at their best. I know what light is flattering. I'm not afraid to tell someone that she needs to reposition herself or she will have more chins than she can handle, no jaw, or shadows in all the wrong places. I talk to my model, shooting photos until he loses that awkward, overly posed expression. 

How many times have you gone out knowing you look good, only to make your homie take 25 photos of you before you finally give up and take a half dark, reverse-camera selfie? Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about. Don't you wish you had someone taking your photo who could just direct you to capture your most beautiful self, or get your 4 year old to smile sweetly into the camera? Of course you do.

Yesterday I spent a chilly, but beautiful fall day shooting photos for the Forrests. They are three, about to become four, and wanted to commemorate their growing family surrounded by the same autumn leaves that colored their wedding photos. Check out samples from their shoot below, and stay tuned for my followup session with Baby Girl Forrest coming December 2014. 

Have a great week.












Don't be shy. Email me for more info on booking your own personal photo session . It'll be awesome. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As Seen On Slingshots and Arrows

This is the second time I've had a painting featured in a collection on Slingshots and Arrows. Thanks for including me!

As seen on the blog:

group show – summer edition: freckles

I love freckles. Mine. My daughter’s. I love in the Spring, after the first real sunny day, that they begin appearing like stars leading the way to Summer. I love that my freckles linger like sexy dreams well after the flannel sheets and blankets have been placed on the bed.
ThomasSaliot-BlueFreckles ErinFitzpatrick-Dominic JudithGeher-TheWedding AndrewLever-LongHairedSurfer MilaRea-FrecklesonBlue ColeenCosner-NoStringsAttached
{top to bottom, right to left: Samuel Silva, Redhead Girl; Thomas Saliot, Blue Freckles; Erin Fitzpatrick, Dominic; Judith Geher, The Wedding; Andrew Lever, Long Haired Surfer; Mila Rae, Freckles on Blue, Coleen Cosner, No Strings Attached; Lisa Murphy, Freckles