Sometimes, like right now, I am overwhelmed with joy and happiness. Little things can set me rolling on such a great path and I ride it through for days. Recently, it was the long awaited purchase of a new full sized easel. I loved my other easel so much and it was a heartfelt present from my husband back when we were dating. I know I'll still use it for small scale work because it's so easy to adjust and get close to my workstation.
Once I assembled my new beast, the work in progress piece of a bride and groom portrait looked so great sitting on it. After some editing tonight and tomorrow for a photo session, I may get to paint a bit. One amazing feature is that it'll hold panels and canvases so large, I can't fully extend it in my art studio.
I love my family so much and am so happy that we're in such a great place to allow me to invest in something that makes me so at peace. We had a huge oak tree fall on our garage and apartment that we rent out and it took six months to fix it all. I really had to put a lot of things on hold until a few months ago. My life is so full of good vibes now.
I'm so lucky. I got to photograph this little cutie today. She's just over two weeks old and was already so aware of her surroundings. She even took a dream filled nap for her portraits complete with dream smiles and funny faces.
Newborn photography is fun, challenging and rewarding. Having two kids of my own makes it so much easier holding and posing new babies. I often go to the family's home where baby and parents are most comfortable. It also works great to fit in feedings and changing wardrobes (or diapers).
It's always such an honor to be invited into a home to capture this precious time in a family's lives. Babies change and grow so fast that getting good photos of them young is a must! Thank you to the wonderful family! Really made my day.
Late night in the studio and I finished another painting for my figure painting series in oil. I'm going to finish the edges and varnish it when it's ready. Now I'm ready to go big. I'm going to put together some panels and really get in depth with the tone and texture of skin for the next one. Pushing oil paint around on canvas and panel is so cathartic for me. How the paint blends and transforms into the image I have in my head is magical and always has been to me. There are few things in this world that put me at peace as much as painting does. Often, I get so wrapped up and in my head about the whole process, time flies and all of the petty worries of the world drop away. It's just me and my work.
My first experience with figure photography was at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA where I did a self portrait figure series. My first exposure to figure painting was at Cuesta College, CA where I met some amazing art instructors. Trying to wrap my mind around how to make the paint look like what was before me was one of the most challenging things I faced in school. Often, the class was only 6 hours and it was rare that I could finish and be totally satisfied with my painting in that time. Now, I'm much faster and more bold in my paint application and am excited to try some figure painting classes again in a semester or two. Live painting has always had a different look in my work. I like to work from photographs because I like to be very precise but having a live model makes work more dynamic.
Painting landscapes has always posed a different challenge to me than painting portraits. The focus to me has always been on color and paint application when it comes to landscapes. With portraits, I try to capture the essence of the subject as well as the skin tones and subtle features of their face.
This last Spring, I got to visit Paso Robles' plein air landscape festival where artists from all over exhibited their art. There was also a wet canvas auction where all landscapes had been recently painted en plein air from various location along the Central Coast of California.
One of my favorite exhibits was the woodblock print maker who rolled his paper onto his carving using a steam roller! Each print was about 3'x3'.
I got to meet some great artists and see so much amazing work. I'll be sure to go back next year!
I'm happy to announce commissioned paintings are easier than ever before! As a painter and photographer, I've played around with how I want to incorporate both sides of what I love into my life and business. My clients can now order their favorite image from our session together to be hand painted into a beautiful commissioned oil portrait. I focus on bridal portraits, wedding paintings, and paintings from portrait sessions.
Soon, video of a live event painting will be available on my site for your viewing pleasure. I will capture the wedding ceremony or first dance on a large canvas while your guests can look on and watch the masterpiece unfold. Not only will it be a great addition to the entertainment at your event, it will also be a memorable piece to hang in your home. I can also work with corporate events.
Love a photo from another photographer and want it painted by me? No problem. I can get in touch with your photographer and clear the image with them for painting. I can work with clients internationally so don't get down if you don't live in California.
I've been painting since I was a young child and it truly is my passion. I bring my artistic eye with me when I photograph events. My photos and paintings go hand in hand. Call today to commission a custom portrait. (805) 235-6990.
Clients receive one of these beautiful unique wooden keepsake boxes after their portrait session or wedding. Included is a USB drive with all of the edited images in color and black & white. I also choose an image from the session to represent the overall feel and create a custom mini painted canvas. Both the canvas and the box itself make a wonderful addition to any bookshelf, workspace, or home décor.
The USB drive is sleek and smooth and holds 8G of information for use later on after the photography shoot.
Clients love receiving their photo box and they like to store prints, mementos, cards, and other small treasures inside. It brings back the nostalgia of our youth to have our own modern memory box.
Once my clients have had time to go through all of their images, they have the option to pick their favorite image and have it hand painted into a one of a kind masterpiece to hang on their wall. I personally create all of my oil paintings for my clients and each is done with care and skill. What better way to cherish your special day than to have a custom commissioned piece of art for you home?
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So lovely to look back on the amazing proposals and engagements over the years. I've had the pleasure of working with so many great brides and grooms either with their engagement photos or with surprise engagement photo sessions. This couple met me at the beautiful Avila Beach, California for their engagement photos a few months before their wonderful ceremony (also in Avila). Seeing their love for each other makes me appreciate my husband even more. What an honor to help this sweet couple share their love with their family and friends.