Monday, December 10, 2018

Caden's pastel portrait by Kim Blair



Caden
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed w.c. paper)


Caden my 11 year old 'great' nephew was playing basketball when his Mom (see her portrait here) snapped this photo. I love the shear joy and enthusiasm he is radiating in this shot...if we could only bottle this energy for future use!

When he isn't shooting a basket or stick handling a puck he likes to work on his guitar skills.
Another cool thing Caden has been doing is auditioning for television commercials!


Perhaps one day we'll see his adorable face painted larger than life on a brick wall for an advertisement...





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Monday, December 3, 2018

Kate's portrait by Kim Blair





Kate

(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)

Kate is a lovely kind soul... her thoughtful compassionate nature is evident from the moment you meet her. But don't let her soft exterior fool you, she is no pushover...quite the contrary... she will stand her ground and voice her concerns over the treatment of others; making her a woman to admire and the perfect role model for her daughter Ella (see her portrait here).

*Did you notice the fun 'curly' shadows on the top of Kate's shoulder? 


I see the chalk artist below was also inspired to paint Kate! 





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Monday, November 26, 2018

Tim's portrait by Kim Blair


Tim
(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)


Ahoy!

Our friend Tim is a seaman at heart... he loves the water... and boats.

The reference photo for this portrait was taken by his wife Laura (see her portrait here) while on a ferry off the coast of BC. His serene smile (with a hint of mischievousness) says it all... he feels at home on the sea.

I can see him being captain of his own boat one day... perhaps a bit smaller than one of the BC ferries   ;) ... but something strong and sturdy non the less.

Although I don't see Tim as a gondolier I think he might enjoy a ride along one of the Venetian canals.




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Monday, November 19, 2018

Ella's portrait by Kim Blair


Ella
(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)


Ella is my sweet little niece... 'great' niece to be more accurate.

When we were in Ontario this past spring it was the May long weekend and her birthday... she turned 3.  After some birthday celebrations we all headed to the neighbourhood park for Victoria Day festivities which included sparklers for the kids.

This reference photo of Ella wearing a cozy knitted poncho while intently watching as she was handed a lit sparkler caught my attention.

I left out the sparkler...







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Monday, November 12, 2018

Katie's Portrait by Kim Blair




Katie

(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)


My beautiful niece Katie sent me a lovely selfie where she was pursing her lips... just a bit...posing for some fun shots before she heading off to a wedding. I enhanced the red tones of her hair to play off the terra cotta tone of the base coat that you see peeking through the pastels...creating her painterly freckles.

While painting her portrait I noticed essences of her Mother in her features. When I know a sitter's parents, siblings or other relatives I often notice subtle physical similarities between them as I study their faces/expressions...which fascinates me, because it really is the luck of the 'gene draw' as to what comes through in each person.


(I wonder what I will notice when I paint her daughter?)




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Monday, November 5, 2018

John making a funny face portrait... by Kim Blair



John
(making a Funny Face)

(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)


John is a good sport!

I asked him to send me a few selfies to choose from for his portrait...  he included a couple of funny faces... so of course I chose one of those poses for his portrait.  John is also a huge hockey fan... a HABS fan to be exact...which explains the red, white and blue theme of his portrait. No doubt there will be a few more 'funny faces' being made during game nights as he roots for his favourite team.

*There is a rumour going around that John may be interviewed on CNN regarding his thoughts about whether the HABS will win the Stanley Cup this year.

"Go HABS GO!"
;)




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Monday, October 29, 2018

Laura's portrait by Kim Blair


Laura
(or as I like to call her in this portrait...'Laura of Green Gables')

(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)

My friend Laura loves animals... dogs in particular... and has a dog walking business in Calgary, AB, where she lives with her husband Tim. As you can probably tell from her rosy complexion she enjoys going for long walks outdoors with her furry clients and sometimes takes along her two gorgeous dogs 'Chili' and 'Morley.' 

You can find her business on Facebook under: Laura & Dogs

Look how much Laura's furry clients love her... some of them even have a copy of her portrait to snuggle with... how cute is that!
;)






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