This painting has an interesting story behind it. A few years ago I spent a lot of time at a knit shop in Santa Monica called Compatto Knit shop. The store was wonderful, the ladies who worked there were kind and friendly, it was exactly what i needed. Last October I was in the same store and I wanted to thank the ladies for being so kind back then. I said I would like to do a painting of one of their sweaters or whatever they would like. One lady said "Have her paint Molly." The other lady was saddened when Molly's name was brought up. Molly was her sister who lived in Chicago. Molly was riding her bike with her husband and killed in a freak storm when a branch fell on her. I had heard the story, it was all over the news in Chicago and I happened to be caught in the same horrific storm, but luckily in a car. Molly was a famous theatre actress in Chicago, she touched the lives of many people and her death, as all deaths are, was tragic on so many levels. The painting I was making was to be given to her young sons, it was and is the most difficult painting I have ever done because I wanted to express forever, for her children what a fun wonderful person their Mom was ... Here is to you Molly Glynn...you filled a great many peoples hearts with love!
Every morning I like to start off my day with a walk to Starbucks. I usually bring a sketchbook at some pencils, pens ands little wstercolor box. It was finally sunny so I mistakenly took sun for warmth...and froze! This man was smarter than me, he remembered a hat and scarf !
That evening event at Bloomingdales for the Top 200 was fun ! More sketches to com
How do you you paint a see thru skirt?
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IF order is not placed by Oct. 8th you can purchse a beautiful gift certificate. If you place your order by December 8th, I will have it painted and put in the mail before Christmas.
Give a gift that is personal and one-of-a-kind. Happy holidays, everyone!
Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 3rd, I will be doing another live painting event at Bloomingdales on Michigan Avenue. The occasion is an event called Top of the List, which will celebrate the most loyal of Bloomingdales' consumers.
Paralleling my last event at the store, I will be painting Bloomingdales' clients and creating fashion portraits.
If you are the downtown Chicago area, I would love for you to stop by the event. I am beyond thankful for all of your support.
I had a ball painting at the Eileen Fisher event at Bloomingdales! I had the opportunity to create watercolor portraits of several lovely women in highly fashionable outfits.
My first painting completed was of the wonderful Sandy; she is an incredible fashion stylist who is a consultant for Eileen. Sandy was wearing a hip, black peacoat, a vibrant purple scarf, black slacks, and sharp, black booties. I absolutely loved her outfit!
Next, I painted Rachel, another fashion consultant for Eileen Fisher. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed our brief encounter. With an all black outfit, Rachel showcased a flowing blouse, skinny, ankle slacks, and short heels.
Lastly, I painted one of Eileen's clients, who's name I was not able to catch. She was a beautiful blonde who wore a simple, yet elegant coat, flowing black slacks, and black boots. I enjoyed painting in all of the details, like the belt, on this coat.
Overall, I had an unforgettable time painting at Bloomingdales on Michigan Avenue, and I am hoping to be a guest painter again in the near future. I loved all of the garments and I see a trend...black IS fall and winter!
Love painting this sweet one.
My little Fashioesta and Grandaughter Miss Fefe... She is the most fun to draw !!! This was the outfit she wore on our trip to the park.., the jacket was actually black, there is no way a white jacket would survive the playground !
I have followed the great illustrator Bil Donovan, BilDonovan.com, bought his book, and every book he is mentioned in. Yesterday he was at Saks Fifth Ave on Michigan Ave in Chicago. Mr. Donovan was at the Dior Make Up area creating beautiful portraits of lovely clients. I was able to speak with Mr. Donovan about his work, and painting live.. which I love doing. He said it was like being a tennis player, you had to be on your game!
And Thanks Mr. Donovan for signing your book ... Advanced Fashion Drawing. Beautifully done
Thank you Bil Donovan !!!
I am absolutely thrilled when given the opportunity for new artistic endeavors. Although I am accustomed to painting wedding portraits, I am sharing with you my first painting of two happily married grooms.
The grooms pictured below are named Yaron Avitov and Brandon Mayberry. Brandon Mayberry is a Bass Baritone for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, while Yaron is a successful business man.
This past summer, the couple married on the east coast in a stunning affair. The couple was dressed immaculately in handsome tuxedos, and the turnout was unforgettable.
I was honored when the couple asked me to paint this portrait, as I am a firm believer in equal rights. I had a lot of fun with this piece and hope to paint more in the future!
Here are just two paintings done at the Eileen Fisher Department at Bloomingdales this past Sunday. The first is of a lovely young lady..
The ever so popular Boyfriend Jeans by Eileen Fisher with a bright orange sweater to get the holiday spirit going.
This Saturday, November 15th, I will be painting live at Bloomingdales on Michigan Avenue. I am participating in the Friends and Family event from 1:30PM to 3:30PM. If you are interested in attending this event, it will be taking place on the 3rd floor in the Eileen Fisher department.
I encourage everyone to come and take a look around this wonderful event! Bloomingdales is offering 20% off a large selection of items to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. I will be painting one-of-a-kind, fashion portraits of anyone who spends $550 or more. I really hope to see you there!
With winter on its way I'm so greatful for this sunny day! Thought I'd run to Starbucks and do some sketching before I work on my list of projects.
Starbucks has a new store in the hood .. So cool, lots of light and by my favorite grocery store !
Anyway the sketch above is of Fefe from the day we were at the park... Working on a book of drawings of this little doll!
And of course some quick sketches of the locals at Starbucks ! I think this going to be my new place to sketck .. Love all the natural window light.
Don't forget I'll be sketching live at Bloomingdales on Michigan Ave in Eileen Fisher Department Nov. 15, 2014. on Dec. 3 I will be sketching live again for Bloomingdales 3rd floor!
Here she is again... Frlicity! I was doing a pregnancy photo shoot of her Mom this summer and she got in on the excitement. She really does love fashion! I am working on a few other drawings of children for a kids book and for a variety of other things.. Portraits.. And kids fashion. I must admit this is do much fun to draw !
I am quite excited to reveal this painting to you all. I finished this piece a few weeks back but I decided to wait until after the wedding to post it. The bride wanted the painting to be completed prior to the big day so that she could have it displayed with their sign-in book.
I recreated this piece from several photos; the bride sent me engagement photos of the two dressed in casual clothing. From these, I was able to sketch and paint in their faces and body types. Along with the engagement photographs, she also sent me photos from her gown fittings, which allowed me to paint in her wedding dress. The groom’s uniform was painted in from older photos that were also sent.
Throughout the process of this painting, I was only communicating with the bride. She was just lovely and wanted to surprise her soon-to-be husband with this piece. I cannot wait to hear how the wedding went…I bet it was an unforgettable ceremony!
As mentioned in my previous blog post, I have been practicing sketching for an upcoming opportunity I may have. Each day, I pack my bag full of art supplies and head to different local coffee shops throughout the city.
You can often find me sketching away at the Starbucks on North and Wells, in Old Town Chicago, but I have also been people watching at locations on Rush Street and the intersection of Division and Dearborn.
My goal is always to sketch as many patrons as I can, as quickly as possible. I aim for this because it is the perfect practice for live events. During live events, I only have seconds to capture the moment. It is easy to lose the perfect picture, so it is essential to understand timing.
In preparation for sketching a runway show, I'm concentrating on fast sketches of people as they wait in line for their coffee. More to come