One of my favorite things about doing these portraits, is I can work on them while my boys paint next to me on their own creations! They get so into what they’re making and are pretty creative with painting. I love how they want to work like me and are getting to explore water color at a great age! Tucker is really loving the black this afternoon while Bryce is getting set up!
Our local Chestnut Creek, School of the Arts, has an annual Gala, and while I wish I could go every year I have only made it once! Not to say I haven’t helped in some way, shape or form, but this year I wanted to create a cool work of art for their theme as I lived in New Orleans for 4 years and looove that southern, Cajun culture!
I had a few ideas, and decided to go with an architectural piece. I always loved looking at the old plantation homes while living there, and was inspired by that idea, most, in the end.
I debated on a few buildings, but ultimately went with the actual school for my piece. The history behind the School, as well as, the structure itself was perfect for my vision. I wanted to create a quirky, fun, and simple piece. Just enough detail with clean lines and beautiful color.
I stuck with watercolor because it’s been my thing lately. I didn’t focus on exact dimensions or even the straightest lines. I wanted it to read almost like a contour line drawing. Placing the lamp post and tree gave the work some organic lines as well as a contrast in color to finish the piece off!
Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you!
Q: What do you need?
A: I need to know these things,
- What size portrait you want?
- How many people and pets?
- What would like it to say, if you want it to say something?
- What kind of border would you like?
- Special request in way of outfits or positioning
- Rough heights if it isn’t obvious in the photos
- Any photos (digital is preferred) that would help me capture the essence of the figures!
Q: Can you work off digital photos?
A: Yes! This is what I prefer! If it’s of a family I don’t have to have a portrait of everyone together, I would need separate photos if you don’t have one of everyone. The more the better.
Q: What sizes can you do?
A: I can do ANY size. My standard sizes are 8×10, 9×12, or 11×14. I can do smaller or larger, I will quote you a specific price when I get all the details!
Q: What type of media do you use?
A: Primarily I use watercolor. If you are wanting acrylic or oil, I can do those too. Again pricing will be different based on needs and size!
Q: How much are they?
A: I have tried to offer an incredible price point for custom art. You can find my price list here!
Q: What type of backgrounds can you do?
A: You name it and I can probably do it! I’ve done houses, helicopters, floral, motorcycles, C-5s, basic landscapes, beach scenes. I love new challenges and the personalization backgrounds can create!
Q: How long does it take to finish?
A: I ask for 6 weeks from start to delivery. Usually I get it done in 1-2 weeks depending on my family needs and how complicated the portrait is!
Q: How do I order a portrait?
A: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with what you are wanting! I will follow up with you usually with in 24 hours!
Q: What can I expect?
A: You can expect great customer service, original and custom art that will capture a likeness off your wish in a gorgeous piece of artwork you will treasure forever!
To ensure that I am on the right track, I send a rough sketch of your request before I make anything permanent. This is a proof that you can have me adjust before the painting begins! Once finished I will send a final proof that you can make small adjustments too if needed. Of course if something is totally wrong that is something I did not run by you in the first proof, I will redo, for free.
Did I miss something? Just email me and I will be happy to answer! Houseofjacksons@gmail.com
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