I have launched a twice-monthly blog/email with the above title, look for it on facebook to subscribe and see what I am up to. The latest is about the painting pictured here with its subjects, Brad and his son, Bradley. I am currently starting a new portrait for my most loyal collector, featuring her grandchild #12 out of 13.
Just finished my second commission this month of girls named Alanna/Allana.
The first was painted for a former grade school and high school classmate; he asked me to paint his grandchild as a special surprise Christmas present for his son and daughter-in-law. That would be Alanna at 3. Such a cheerful little girl to paint, with a charming smile and sparkly eyes. I could tell from the photo that she is a spirited child.
The one I finished today is Allana L, the 12th in a series of Gloria’s grandchildren, a beautiful young woman with soulful eyes. Gloria has two more grandkids for me to paint, and I think she is hoping there will be another one coming along after that.
I love doing commissions!
Cami was helping her Dad and sister wash the car, and got in on the fun by getting sprayed. Black and white is something new for me, especially since I don’t actually use black in my paintings. So the black came out kind of purplish, and I decided to use some yellow in the background to make this portrait pop. This painting will be one of three “black and white” predominant pieces that will be the center of my upcoming show at the North Charleston Convention Center from 11/5 – 11/28/15. I will be hanging 23 – 24 pieces for the show.
My great nephew is one of my favorite subjects. He’s a very curious 6 year old, and he LOVES bugs! His grandma took him to a butterfly garden recently and he was thrilled to meet this butterfly up close and personal. Shortly after that, he and some of his friends devised a way to house a water spider in a special habitat that they put together.
This baby was sitting and enjoying the simple fun of playing with water and a pail. All around her were people standing, running, jumping into the surf. I loved her bright bathing suit and wanted the challenge of painting the bright pink color. I decided to do the water in a very expressive way in order to bring in all the colors I wanted in the scene.
I painted Cami’s sister, Mia, at two, and it was the first portrait I ever sold. This portrait was done for Cami’s grandmother as a commissioned piece.
The challenge with this painting was to capture Cami’s very fair skin in the bright sunlight. I found I had to add more color to emphasize her cheeks, and soften her laugh lines that, while they looked blue in the photo, were too harsh in the painting. I ended up toning them down with some pink and yellow ochre.
I haven’t actually seen Cami since she was a tiny baby, her family was stationed off the US mainland with the Army for the past 3 years. I am anxious to see all of them when they return around Christmastime, all more grown up!
I had a year off from regular full time work, and I loved being able to go to my studio several days a week to paint. Hopefully it helped improve my technique. I started a new job mid-May, with more-than-full-time hours, which leaves me a small hole in my weekend to paint. I am glad I had the time to spend getting lost in the world of paint. I hope to be able to carve more time as my learning curve at my new job tapers off.
My latest piece, The Archer, is of my great nephew, who is becoming a man. He became interested in archery after reading the Hunger Games series, and made a bulls-eye on the trip out that is depicted in the painting.
My sisters and I always tried to catch wild birds when we were kids. This little girl feeding these beautiful cockatiels reminded me of that child-like fascination with feathered friends. She is feeding the birds and getting an up-close and personal glimpse. I was also interested in the different-colored circular paths in the park, and made those part of the composition.
I loved the expression on this little girl’s face, kind of tired and hot, and wishing for an ice cream. Not your typical posed smiley face.
I’ve started using ampersand textured boards for painting, and I love the surface, more fine than canvas, but not as slick as gessoed boards. If I only paint lightly on the boards, it looks a little like watercolors.
Brooke is available through dailypaintworks.com or by contacting me using the contact form on the contact page.
Mia, my great niece, is one of my favorite subjects to paint. I am biased, but I think she’s a beautiful child. It’s fun to try to capture her spirit and bright personality. She is the subject of my latest piece, Feeding Fishes available through Daily Paintworks: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/linda-delia/feeding-fishes/331065.
My great nephew, Bradley, will be the subject of my next series of paintings. This lively little guy will be portrayed doing some of his favorite things. Stay tuned.
Just posted Finger Painting under Portraits. It went live on Daily Paintworks and has 60 views by 9:45 am, pretty exciting! This was the first painting I did alla prima, or all in one day.
I also posted Face Painting this week, which I had fun doing because of the little girl’s eyes and smile. I have been working on small gessoed boards quite a lot lately, and love the fluidity and freshness you can get on this support.
My Mom paints, I paint, and my daughter paints. My daughter visited me from out of state recently, and I was delighted to spend time in the studio with her. She has a very graphic eye in her work, probably due to her training as a graphic designer. She usually works in acrylic (they dry too fast for my taste), and when she visited recently, she asked for a lesson in oils. How does one teach someone else how to paint? It was in interesting question. We had fun exploring the medium, and it gave my brain some exercise in articulating what has been a mostly solitary exploration of how to use oil paint. The study continues…
I am working on a series of paintings on kids at the beach. I love to people watch when I am sitting on the beach, and watching kids is the most fun. Fortunately I can now do this more often, since I live in the Charleston, SC area, a 35 minute drive to any number of beaches! I want to sit in the sand and build castles with the children, or hop on a boogie board and skid along the beach’s edge.
I have started painting on small format boards, which is proving to have a learning curve. I love the finished product, which is more smooth than painting on canvas. I’m working on loosening up my work, and the boards sort of force the issue.
I have begun listing my paintings on Daily Paintworks in an effort to reach a wider audience and hopefully sell some of the smaller work. I am also open to commission work. Check out my latest at :http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/linda-delia-5184/artwork/#/category=children&mode=search
Check back here soon for updates!