Friday, July 25, 2014

After and Before


"After–Watross Ave." 8x10 oil

"Before-Watross Ave." 10x12 oil

This was a fun project.  My client wanted a portrait of their beautiful house on a quiet street in Hyde Park.  We picked this view because it highlighted the front porch and the huge oak. (The clients said they hadn't gotten around to trimming up the branches, so I went ahead and did it in the painting.)  This view also hints at the additions that have been made by several owners; enlarging at the top, the side and the back.

When I was finished, my clients decided it would be fun to have a portrait of the original house.  They were able to find a black and white photo in the Tampa library's historical records showing the house soon after it was built in January 1929.  As you can see it's just a small simple house design, with same front gable over the porch as today.  I had to add a few young trees to the composition, as the photo showed very little in the way of trees or landscaping.  The neighborhood must have looked very different than today's street lined with huge mature trees.

–Linda

Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Joben" Commissioned Pet Portrait

"Joben" Commissioned Pet Portrait, 8 x 8, oil



This sweetheart is the second pet portrait for the client from the previous post.  When I saw the photo I thought he was adorable, but I had to ask my client if she had another photo that showed more of the body, because from this angle  all you see is head.  But she said it must be this photo because this is what Joben always does: sits on the bed and cocks he head as if to say, "What are you saying?".  So, of course, I made it work.  As you can see, I punched up the colors a bit and simplified the background. My client loved it.

–Linda
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