I was recently commissioned to do a few paintings and despite everything going on, I finished them in-time for all of the holidays! It’s still nice to take a break from painting drippy things and test myself with likeness and making a person look as they should.
It’s also nice when a client lets me go off on my own, and trusts me to come up with something cool, even with a photo reference. My work always turns out best when I’m not micromanaged or when changes occur as I’ve already begun. These were primarily done with Williamsburg oil paints.
“Sister and Brother” 14×18″ oil on canvas, and “Katie in Red” 14×14″ oil on linen.
I recently did these little 8×8″ oil on paper portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Akron! Amy Mothersbaugh and Gary Blaine are also ministers of culture. I was so happy I got asked to paint them!
I was asked to do a portrait of my friend’s daughter and their two cats, one of whom, was nicknamed “baby horse” because he was so huge! Well, Wally died of old age shortly after I took photos of him for this painting, so I’m glad we got the ball rolling in-time to have this done. I decided to give him a fancy saddle, and placed him where he seemed to enjoy himself, outside in the garden. I wanted to go for a princess and her beasts vibe in this, which I hope I did!
This measures 11×14″ inches and is oil on panel.
This is one of those pieces that has been really difficult to photograph because of the small size and detail; I think I got the colors as close as I ever will to seeing it in person. Might be time for me to step it up and get a large format scanner.
Lately, I’ve been doing commissions with symbolism that had to be hinted at, but not in a heavy way. I’ve been working on this double portrait for a couple celebrating their ten year anniversary — and it was a surprise for the husband! It’s so difficult trying to guess about a person through secretly snapped photos, but thankfully, the likeness turned out very well.
This couple also had something terrible happen that they have overcome together. I found a few ways commemorate that without it being too “Captain Bringdown” or anything like that. We agreed it was supposed to be more on the lighter side, but with that hint of subversive whatnot that I tend to paint in my personal work as it is. This was a really special piece for me and I’m happy with the result.
I don’t normally like showing too much process with my work, but I decided to do photos from start to finish this time around. I never know if people see the stuff I do, or things that needed fixing. I must have gone over that background in various shades of grey and green for a week before I stopped messing around with it!
What you don’t see, is “Judge Judy” on in the background, and me yelling “STOP THAT” at my cats every 30 seconds. Working from home hasn’t been totally easy.
This was oil on linen.
click to enlarge if you want to see all the little detail (like every eyebrow hair etc.)
I’ll be taking portrait commissions again starting March 25th, but, if you would like to lock something down with me now (Valentine’s Day is coming up after all) I suggest you do. Because, at the end of March, my pricing will be going up! I haven’t raised my prices in a very long time (7 years or so), but after shipping rates and other supplies shot up this week and more post-treatment bills from Cleveland Clinic rolling in, well — you know how it is.
Frankly, I still think I’m cheap.
If you would like more information and a price sheet, you can download the PDF here: http://www.arabellaproffer.com/portrait-commissions
A friend and avid collector of mine had me do a portrait of her cat Stella recently. Since the portrait of my now departed Milkshake is no longer for sale, she wanted a little cameo of that painting that Stella would be wearing. Neat huh?
I like paintin’ kittehs.
Lady Stell Belle, 8×10″ oil on panel.