My 100th portrait is still in the making. Find out who is my muse by following my Insta account for portraits @beekctan ! I am giving away a free portrait (a digital copy of pen and watercolour wash portrait of one person or pet) to celebrate the completion of my portrait challenge! The draw will take place a week after the portrait is completed and published. To enter the random draw you have to do the following:
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This evening I was lucky enough to be included in the unveiling of a recent portrait commission in Chicago via FaceTime from New York. What a touching experience! Thanks to the family of this beautiful woman for entrusting me with such an important undertaking and to @galleryvictorchicago for facilitating. ❤️
Last year I was commissioned to paint a portrait of Admiral Isaac Kidd using this photo as a reference. Kidd was killed during the attack at Pearl Harbor on the bridge of the USS Arizona. Please scroll to side to see the first oil sketch for the portrait. Later it was decided to paint him in his Navy Whites which he was more likely to be wearing while stationed in Hawaii. Luckily, I found an original WW2 Navy Admiral's uniform on eBay which is the next photo in the scroll. The final photo is the finished portrait complete with authentic WW2 binoculars and correct military ribbons. This was a particularly meaningful project for me because my uncle was a sailor on the Arizona who fortunately survived the Pearl Harbor attack. #jonswihart#isaackidd#pearlharbor#ussairzona#navyadmiral#portraitinoils#navy#navyhero#ww2#battleship#portraitcommission#portraitpainting
Day 17 of #meetthemaker with @joannehawker is Customers and feedback. Because I do a variety of things I have different types of customer ranging from large publishing houses to charities and then individuals who buy through galleries, shops, auctions or the internet. Because of this I quite often don't meet the people who buy my work. The people whom I get the most feedback from are probably people for whom I do baby and child portraits. The best compliment is that many of them come back to me for portraits of their 2nd, 3rd and even 4th children. The following testimonial is from a mother who commissioned 3 portraits in the end. "I commissioned a portrait for my partners xmas present from a photo following the birth of our first son. Laura managed to keep it all hush hush and we loved the portrait which arrived in time for xmas, especially great as I did not give Laura much time to do it. I was so thrilled with the drawing that I asked Laura to do another picture of our second son the following year as a xmas present again. She had even less time this time but still managed to produce a lovely picture which made it in time for xmas. We hang both pictures in our hall and these are constantly commented on. Would recommend Laura to anyone."
That’s how my acrylic works look. I use canvas on subframe (like on the photos) or canvas on cardboard. Normally, I send them unframed. You can do it by yourself or leave the painting like that. Honestly, I loooove unframed works, just hanged like they are.
Section from commission I completed today for @sam.hell . My 2 year old appears to have similar energy levels as hers does. And check out their Staffy, Gus. Apparently he believes he’s human, 💕. #familyportrait#kellyberghellaart#staffy
This is a portrait of Chris and Uta Frith, a married couple who are also both eminent neuroscientists. I chose to paint them at their home, rather than at work, but many of the domestic details actually refer to their academic work. When I was reading some of their articles and books in preparation for painting the portrait, it struck me how often they used simile and metaphor to explain the workings of the human brain to the human brain - 'the brain is like a computer,' 'the brain is like a series of rooms,' 'the brain is like a chest of drawers,' 'the brain is like a pack of cards...' All these similes and more are made manifest in the portrait (the 'computer' is represented by the collection of abacuses - the earliest form of computer - hanging on the wall)
Cutting across the rational symbolic language of the neuroscientists is an irrational current too, though. We know less of the workings of the human brain than we do of the depths of the ocean. The Chinese dragon bowl on the chest of drawers in the foreground (filled with walnuts - a visual pun!) was one salvaged from a shipwreck. The theme of dragons or monsters from the depths of the sea is picked up by the Laocoon in the very background. In relation to Durer's 'Melancholia' in the centre of the picture, these make reference to the way in which the human mind remains more mysterious than the deepest ocean and, like the ocean, is capable of producing monsters... Holbeins 'Ambassadors' was, of course, a strong influence for this portrait (a debt acknowledged through the use of similarly patterned rugs!) although it should be stressed that everything included in the portrait was owned by the Friths (apart from the walnuts, if I remember rightly!) so the portrait works on one level as a straightforward domestic interior, and on another as a commentary on the work of Chris and Uta Frith
Barber's son. Speed sketched while R was getting a short back and sides and swapped for a Barbershop discount! He was a reluctant subject all squirm, shift and head turn...#portraitcommission#swap#labourexchange