Daily Starbucks Sketch

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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 ! 

In Need of a Christmas Gift?

Are you in need of a special gift for a loved one in your life? Just in time for Christmas, I am offering individualized wedding gown portraits for your wife, husband, daughter, or sister. Each portrait is hand done, by me, in watercolors. 

Example of a wedding gown portrait

Example of a wedding gown portrait

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. 

Example of a wedding gown portrait

Example of a wedding gown portrait

Give a gift that is personal and one-of-a-kind. Happy holidays, everyone!

Example of a wedding gown portrait

Example of a wedding gown portrait

This Wednesday

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. 

 

Eileen Fisher Event

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!

Sandy

Sandy

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.  

Rachel

Rachel

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. 

Eileen's Client

Eileen's Client

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! 

Miss Felicity...

 

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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 ! 

Bil Donovan Fashion Illustrator

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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 !!! 

Here's to the Happy Couple!

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. 

Watercolor portrait of the stunning couple

Watercolor portrait of the stunning couple

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. 

Experimenting with colors

Experimenting with colors

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!

Adding in some detail

Adding in some detail

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

Bloomingdales live Event

 

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Here are just two paintings done at the Eileen Fisher Department at Bloomingdales this past Sunday. The first is of a lovely young lady.. 

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The ever so popular Boyfriend Jeans by Eileen Fisher with a bright orange sweater to get the holiday spirit going.

Find Me Painting Here!

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. 

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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!

Drawing time before projects

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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!  

 

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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! 

Felicity in watercolors !

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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 ! 

Practice Everyday

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. 

Sketch of a woman with glasses

Sketch of a woman with glasses

Graphite portrait of a student stopping in for some joe

Graphite portrait of a student stopping in for some joe

Ink sketch of a young woman studying

Ink sketch of a young woman studying

Ink portrait of a woman enjoying her coffee

Ink portrait of a woman enjoying her coffee

Ink sketch of a women enjoying the lovely fall weather

Ink sketch of a women enjoying the lovely fall weather

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. 

How to Capture Innocence

I often enjoy drawing and painting newborns and babies, especially my very own grandchildren. Although this is one of my main artistic focuses, I have recently been contemplating what the most effective medium for capturing the softness and innocence of a child is. Is it ink, watercolor, graphite, a combination of a few, or something else completely?

Ink and watercolor portrait of my newborn grandson

Ink and watercolor portrait of my newborn grandson

I have experimented with each of these and am still working on finding the best medium. I feel that watercolor is a great way to create soft colors combinations, with the perfect amount of pigment and water. On that note, I am beginning to think about experimenting with oil pastels, as they are wonderful tools for blending. 

Do you have any thoughts? If, so please leave a comment on this post! I would love to hear from each and every one of you.

Watercolor and graphite portrait of my grandaughter

Watercolor and graphite portrait of my grandaughter

Graphite sketch of my grandaughter

Graphite sketch of my grandaughter

Watercolor and graphite portrait of Fefe

Watercolor and graphite portrait of Fefe

Watercolor and graphite portrait of Fefe

Watercolor and graphite portrait of Fefe

And here I sit

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My lovely friend, Pam Grau, invited me to stay at her home in Ojai. This was my view... 

I painted several times during the day, morning, late afternoon and almost dusk... I'll show the results later.  

One suggestion... Visit Ojai ... It is very special