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


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

Father and Daughter Portrait

This portrait was completed a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed working on this painting. The colours in the photo are just beautiful and I wanted to capture the sunlight and the shadows it creates on the clothing and faces. The portrait features a father with his daughter at a skiing competition. The reference photo was a selfie as you can see from the arm reflected in the dad’s glasses.

father and daughter portrait

The painting is 30 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I took some photographs of the painting in progress and the finished painting too. I hope you all like it.

Father – work in progress

father portrait wip

I have started working on this portrait yesterday. I have completed the sketch with a HB pencil and I am now moving onto darker shading. The portrait is drawn with graphite on paper 25 x 35 cm in size.

Portrait Painting in progress

family portrait from st.andrews work in progress

This is a brand new portrait painting of a father and son. The backdrop is St. Andrews in Scotland. The portrait is 50 x 60 cm in size. I have now completed the first few stages of the painting. Next I will be working on the background mainly and before I finish off the painting I will adjust the skin tones again.

Family Portrait – work in progress

This is the newest portrait I have been working on. It was commissioned as a birthday present for the client’s husband. The picture is of his father. The drawing is 25 x 25 cm in size and I am now working on the shading. I will post the final scan in a couple of days.

portrait in progress

Family Portrait in Progress

I am now working on a brand new portrait. It is a pencil portrait 10 x 12 inches (25 x 30cm) in size. It is of the client’s father who sadly passed away. It is going to be a special keepsake for the client. I have completed the sketch over the last couple of days and I am now working on the shading. The reference photo is very good and I am only making one change to the clothes. The client asked to have a tie and shirt buttoned up to the top as her father was a very dapper man. Below is a photo I took this morning. I will have the finished scan ready by the end of the week.

pencil family portraits - work in progress
Family Portrait in pencil – work in progress

Three Black Labradors – Pencil Portrait

I have finished this portrait earlier in the week. I was so busy in the studio with all my commissions, that I didn’t scan it straight away. Here it is though, I think it is looking quite well. I hope the client will like it. I just love labradors (well, of course, I have one too :)). This is a portrait of three black ones called Pippa, Kohla and Murphy. Kohla is the mother of the other two. I thought it was lovely to have them all in the same portrait. The drawing is drawn with graphite pencils on paper and it is 35 x 25 cm (14 x 10 inches) in size. I have a mount ready to go for it and I will mount it as soon as I hear from the client.

three black labradors portrait in pencil
Portrait of three black labradors

I am now working away on another portrait in pencil. It is a lovely vintage wedding portrait. It was commissioned as a present for the bride who is celebrating a wonderful 70th Birthday next week. Unfortunately her husband has passed away only recently, so the portrait will be a wonderful reminder of their life together. This is a present from her daughter. I will be finishing off this portrait over the weekend and post the scan when finished. I have one more portrait to do before Easter and it is a very interesting one of a guitarist.

vintage wedding portrait in progress
Wedding Portrait in progress