Simply making art for myself is something I’ve always found difficult to do.
I enjoy creating art the most when I know it’s destined for someone else to enjoy. It is so exciting to go through the process of coming up with an idea and drawing it out, collaborating and fine tuning it, and then painting it! Art is very therapeutic and I am totally in my element when drawing, it feels like what I am meant to do. It has been so great to be continually asked by family and friends to create all sorts of art, from realistic acrylic portraits to hand made invitations.
Customizing that Special Moment
I’ve drawn and painted families as a whole, even after a family member has passed. From capturing the very first time a couple met, to picturing family pets travelling the world, custom paintings allow for these moments to be kept forever.
Teaming Up with the Doulas!
Arthaus Collectif recently teamed up with the Lifetime of Love Doula’s to offer a custom portrait giveaway. Kirsten Webb was our big winner and I was so excited to get to paint her and her family.
My process starts with exchanging a few e-mails with my client. We discuss what the painting might looks like, who/what will be included and of course, I ask for a few photos to draw from. For Kirsten’s painting, she wanted her and her husband, along with their adorable daughter and pet beagle in front of their family home. Kirsten sent me a selection of photos, and asked me to draw them all in specific outfits (which I absolutely love doing).
After the drawing is approved, I transfer my image to watercolour paper and start the painting process. I can easily sit for many hours during this part of the process. When I’m painting, I know in my mind what it will look like, so I am often excited to see the finished product. This excitement is what keeps me painting late into the night.
The Final Custom Artwork
Kirsten’s family portrait turned out great. This family is so full of love and I’m so happy to have created this painting for them.
Seeing how clients react to my work is a real joy. Getting to hear what they think and sometimes even seeing where they’ve hung the artwork is a really good feeling. It’s easy for artists to doubt themselves, and the doubt and fear can often stop them from simply doing what makes them the happiest. I’m so happy that I let go of all my fear and doubt and just went for it. The response and support I’ve seen in these first few months has been overwhelming to say the least.
Thank you to our guest blogger, Katelyn
Join Katelyn tomorrow at the Caledon Day Festivities in Caledon Village - she will have a booth there with her work on display and of course, ready to make a beautiful custom portrait for your family!