Bride Portrait

This is a wedding portrait painting commissioned as an anniversary present for the bride in the image. The client, her husband, wanted to keep the same background as in the reference photo. It was a lovely photograph to work from with some strong lighting and wonderful colours in the background. The painting was 20 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on canvas. The client was delighted with the result and sent me a lovely email:

Wow I’m absolutely blown away by the painting, you’re so talented. I love it. Damien

wedding portrait

I took some photographs of the finished painting. It was quite a challenging portrait due to its small size. I used small brushes to capture the detail, especially in the bride’s face and dress. The shadows on her face were very interesting and really helped capturing her likeness.

A drawing of a flutist

This drawing was completed a couple of months ago. It was the forth portrait I completed for the client. The lady pictured is his daughter who is a professional musician. The photograph was taken in the eighties and the portrait was given to her as a birthday present in August. The client was delighted with the drawing.

flutist drawing

I worked from one hard copy photograph. We decided to keep the background white as it worked quite well. The drawing was 20 x 30cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano 5 paper. I mounted the drawing in a neutral coloured mount when finished. I took some photos of the finished drawing below.

Wedding couple drawing

This was an unusual commission I worked on a couple of months ago. The client asked me to create a drawing of her sister and her husband on their wedding day. She wanted me to capture them walking away specially to show the back of her sister’s wedding dress because she didn’t have a professional photo taken of it on the day. The client provided me numerous photographs of the couple which I pieced together to create a drawing. The portrait was 25 x 30 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils. I included some trees in the background.

wedding couple portrait

The client was pleased with the drawing and her sister was delighted:

Hi! Thanks so much for the image.. I received it today and it’s just amazing!!! My sister absolutely loves it!!! Thanks again! Louise

I am including some photographs of the finished drawing and the drawing in progress.

Leeson Street Building Drawing

I was commissioned to draw this building as a keepsake for the client and his wife. The drawing was drawn with graphite pencils on paper to the size of 30 x 40 cm. I removed some elements from around the building.

building drawing

I took some photographs of the finished drawing before and after I put it into a mount.

Couple Painting

I completed this painting at the end of May. The photograph is of the couple at their engagement party. The clients, the couple’s children, commissioned the painting as a 50th anniversary present. The photo was only available in black and white, and we decided to transform it into a monochrome painting in warm sepia tones. The clients were very pleased with the finished painting and wrote me a lovely email after gifting the painting to their parents:

Hi Ivana, we presented your painting to my parents this weekend and they were blown away. They thought it was an enlarged picture for the first half hour until they realised it was a painting. They love it and will treasure it. Many thanks again for your wonderful piece of work, Mary

sepia toned portrait painting

The painting is 50 x 60 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I used venetian red, burnt umber, ultramarine and titanium white. I kept things simple keeping some brushstrokes visible. The photo was quite small so details were minimal.

Father and Daughter Portrait

My days have been so busy in the studio over the last three months. I have completed a number of commissions and prepared a series of six drawings for a group exhibition at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. I am exhibiting with Carysfort Gallery there.

I am going to try and catch up posting all of my recent commissions here over the next few days. There is a range of work from small sized family drawings to a large seascape painting.

This father and daughter drawing was completed back in May this year as a present for the girl in the photo. It is a part of a wedding gift, to be put in the front of a family album. The client, her father, was happy with the result:

Hello Ivana. Many thanks for sending the drawing. It looks very good and I am pleased with the outcome. Many thanks, Paul.

family portrait

The drawing is 20 x 20 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano paper. I sprayed the finished drawing with a fixative to prevent from smudging. The drawing was then mounted in a neutral coloured mount. I took some photos of the mounted drawing which are below. I worked from one very good reference photo, which makes all the difference for a portrait.

 

Father Portrait

This painting was commissioned as a wedding gift from a bride for her husband-to-be. It is a portrait of his father, who sadly passed away. I had one photo to work from. The painting is painted in acrylic on stretched canvas in the size of 30 x 40 cm.

father painting

The client was very happy with the painting:

Oh my goodness, amazing Ivana. I love it. Wow…

Just received your incredible painting. It’s better than expected. Thank you so so much. I am so excited to be gifting this to Eugene on our wedding day in October. I must go get it framed now. Thank you so much

 

Nala the bulldog

Meet Nala, the beautiful bulldog whose portrait I worked on a few weeks ago. The painting is 30×30 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched fine grain canvas. The painting was commissioned as a birthday present for Nala’s owner by his girlfriend.

detail of a dog portrait

The reference photograph was very detailed which is always a challenge as I strive to inject some originality into each portrait. The client was delighted with the finished painting:

Hi Ivana, This is amazing! I absolutely love it ?.  Thank you so much. I cannot wait to give it to my boyfriend now, June cannot come quick enough. Thanks, Michelle

The painting was posted to the UK and I hope Michelle’s boyfriend does like it when he receives it.

bulldog painting

I took some photos as I was working and some of the finished canvas.

Joey

This was a small acrylic painting of Joey who was sadly hit by a car. He is missed very much by his owner who just celebrated her birthday last week. Her daughter commissioned this portrait as a keepsake for her mum. The client was travelling abroad at the time of her mum’s birthday so she asked me to send the painting directly to her mum with a little card. I took a picture of the wrapped painting and you can see it below together with some work-in-progress photos.

acrylic pet portrait

The client was very happy with the finished painting:

Hi Ivana! I absolutely love it!! And really think my mother will too! 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much, Grainne

The painting was the smallest size I work in, a 20 x 20 cm, painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I simplified the background and added some red and blue shading to compliment Joey.

Father and Baby

This painting is a 30 x 30 cm portrait of a dad with his baby boy. The client commissioned this portrait as a present for the father in the picture. I worked from a lovely reference photo with some lovely rich colours and I wanted to translate this in the painting. I tried to balance the warm red tones with some some cool greens. The client was very happy with the painting a wrote me a lovely email:

Hi Ivana, Wow, that looks amazing…My friends were delighted with your work as was I. It’s really an amazing talent you have. Thank you. Carlos

father and baby painting