Friday, January 10, 2014

The Pillivant Sisters UPDATE

The Pillivants in DC
8" by 10"
Oil with a palette knife on board

This was such a fun painting. Cathy commissioned me to paint this photo of her and her sisters from a photo of them on the steps of the Capitol building in DC. Don't these matching dresses just make you smile? The one redhead in the group is their cousin Debbie. She's got the matching dress but not the quite the matching shoes. But she fits in quite nicely with this group of cute girls. And I bet those dresses made them easier to keep track of in a crowd!

This brings back memories of the matching dresses that my mom used to dress me and my sisters in when we were little. Did you mother every dress you and your siblings in matching outfits?

UPDATE. Cathy's sister Mary had this to say about the painting:
"I think it is so awesome!!  I love it.  I posted it to my facebook page. But I love the story that goes with it - it's one of my favorites.  We were in our Country's colors and had Ted Kennedy sign "Our Flag" books - Red White and Blue!  I tell the story "It was in the early 1970's, and we were traveling through DC in our famous Red, White and Blue dresses and while in the Capitol. Mom spotted Ted and called out his name. How could he resist a family of 5 girls all dressed in our country's colors!! We had just picked up a booklet about "Our Flag" and we asked him for his autograph. He stopped and took the time to autograph all 5 of our books! Thanks for doing this Cathy - it is fun!"

How awesome to hear this wonderful back story to this adorable family photo!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fred and Ethel-the final two!

6" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife of canvas board

6" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife of canvas board

These were the last two pet portraits in the commission I completed for Gretchen. Fred is actually a female (lol) but Fred and Ethel make a cute pair, don't they? By now all the cats, dogs, and guinea paintings have been unwrapped and are in their new "forever" homes. (plus one lighthouse for the non pet owner in the family)

Here is a photo I took of all of them on delivery day. This was a dream commission.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy Blogiversary, time to start year 6!

Happy New Year to you
Happy Blogiversary to me!

Wow-I have been at this blog for 5 years now. I never thought I would be so addicted to it but I have to say the it has been one of the most gratifying things I have done. It has forced me to photograph and document every step of my art journey and it is so rewarding to look back and see how far I have come.  And when I hear feedback from you, all the better.

I am excited about what new things may appear here in year 6-2014!

For old times' sake, here is the link to my very first post...

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