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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.