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Commissioned by a Scottish lady
What could you do as an Aunt for a gift to your family members?
A gift you feel will last.
Last longer than the stuff the children play with as seven year olds. A gift that incorporates your past, but is a present for your future.
An Aunt who loves art. An Aunt who believes in and nurtures creativity.
You could begin the process of commissioning a colourful artist to paint your seven nephews and nieces. Favourite photos of yours and theirs (the children and or the parents)that were taken at specific moments in the children's lives.
As the person commissioning the work you have a say in the colours of the paints to be used. Or as this Scottish Aunt did you allow the nephews and nieces to decide what are their favourite colours. After all, this Aunt was not just thinking about THE PRESENT she was to be giving them she was gifting these commissioned works of young children to older children and their parents. Presents that would become gifts in THE FUTURE as 21st. Birthdays occur.
As the artist who has painted four of the seven nieces/nephews so far. I have revelled in the challenge. I have sent numerous emails and had conversations via FaceTime about which photos work best. Which capture the Childs spirit and personality. Where the photo was taken is often important. Who else was present. Grandparents watching on - so they can share in the memory when the completed painting is revealed. As they were there on the day the original pic was shot.
In my work I use symbolism and embed these either behind the final painting in the blocking in, underpainting stages. Or they remain visible like crosses or a homage to tartan. As seen in the second niece painting. I have woven in certain numbers of daisies to represent family members like grandparents living in other countries to the children. But symbolising they are always there with them.
They are the roots these youngsters grew from.
I have received cards of thanks from the children when they have seen the paintings. I have had other Aunts present at a big reveal well up with tears.
All moments that make me the artist love what I have achieved. Knowing these paintings are loved and to be a part of the original models futures is something quite rare and very, very special.
The materials I work with are quality acrylic paints, canvases and varnish so the paintings should last well after the children have turned 21 and the works become theirs.
If client is not happy on completion of painting I would do everything in my power to rectify
With over 40+ commissions created of pets, children, adults and landscapes I have NOT had one unhappy client
My works can be found in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Wales, and the U.S.A
Beginning of June 2018 I received a letter congratulating me on being selected as a finalist in the bi-annual Arts Review. Whoop whoop!!! On Awards night I was even named 'out loud' by one of the prestigious judges as a top 10 finalist. For those that know me personally you may think this was the moment I embarrassed myself and others with a loud 'YAY'!!! But, nope...just a wee yelp came forth in my shock and glee. Then on entering gallery a little louder one escaped when I spotted 'You Will Be Mine' right by voting box (wink, wink emoji should be here!) for Peoples Choice Award. So if you are in vicinity of Wellington between now and August 5th. you could go along to exhibition and even vote!!! There are some great works, BUT, if you like pink, dogs, donuts or all three then mine is the one to choose! So go forth and vote #3
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
William Shakespeare Monologue from ‘As You Like It’
As a Drama teacher and lover of Shakespearian plays using this part of one of the bards monologues as inspiration for a series of portraits seemed an ideal fit. In 2015 I started painting a series of ‘metaphorical self-portraits’ using animal references to portray traits of my character and showing me playing some of my roles or stages of my life thus far.
1. Toddler – The naughty little monkey stage
2. Teenager – Thinking you know everything stage
3. Experimenter – Try anything years stage, older but not yet particularly wiser
4. Explorer – The working to enable travel years
5. Mother – The Don’t mess with my child stage
Motherhood changes everythingThe feeling that you would do anything to protect your own materialises at this stage! Who could portray this better than a Grizzlie bear, especially as migration to Canada had now ensued.
6. Scottish Years – working in the Highlands of Scotland
An adult giggling continuously
12″ x 12″
I trained as a teacher of Art, Dance and Drama and taught for many years in different schools. My final self-portrait (for now) depicts me as a teacher played by an ostrich. Not because I resemble an ostrich any more than I did a monkey or a bear. But, because this look sums up one certain students of mine may have received.
8. Teacher – When someone thinks they know better than you stage
Now in Shakespeares’ world there are only seven stages. However, having so much fun with my series of paintings stopping with only one more which would supposedly be depicting my end, I could not do. So I have quietly whispered apologies to Will and continued with gusto – as is my way. With my seventh self-portrait depicting a mischievous adult who could not stop giggling (red wine may have been involved!)
Expressive, vibrant in colour as are all of my art works, as am I. What animal would you be? Do you have certain tendencies or traits that could be summed up by an animal. I am holding onto a sloth for another one of me – just lounging around. I do commissions and ship anywhere in the world. The majority of the above works have sold. But, prints can be found at The Fine Art America website of the above characters.
20th June 2017 at 03:50I love the idea of life’s stages – and how you have assigned animal characters to them! Looking forward to finding out what your next metamorphosis will be!
20th June 2017 at 00:55
Very good vibrant and interesting just like you
Isabella FA Shores
19th June 2017 at 09:28
Great post! I love your images, each one is so expressive lol
Red wine… Or any wine really, should always be in there somewhere