Monday, December 24, 2018

L.'s pastel portrait by Kim Blair




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

Been there, done that... but not as good, I have to admit.

I bet most us have been in L.'s shoes when we were young girls. We watched our mothers apply their makeup, and secretly, (or not so secretly) we wished we could try our hand at it too. Sometimes we received a 'pretend' makeup kit as a gift... but usually everything in that kit was fake. Do you remember that glossy, plastic, red lipstick that did nothing? Such a disappointment...

Well, L. had better luck than most of us... she was given the opportunity to do her own hair and makeup...just for fun.

Add a bit, or a lot, of hair product, and Voila...you have created expressive hair.  Free access to gold, shimmering eye shadow, black mascara, pink blush and some deep pink lipstick and you have your evening look done!

I am in awe of her ability to apply all these products...at the tender age of 6.




Happy Holidays everyone!

(Posting will resume in January)




Looks like L.'s cute little face inspired this chalk artist.






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Monday, December 17, 2018

Brooke's portrait by Kim Blair



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

Brooke is an Expressive Arts Practitioner, whom I met while we were both taking some courses in the expressive arts a few years ago.
She is an artist who works with various groups of people to process their joys and pains through art. Currently she is working with youth in government care and people with developmental disabilities.
The theatre is one of her many interests, and I know that she has worked both on the stage and behind the scenes... making her a multi-talented artist!



Brooke's beloved ginger cat, 'Byron' was unable to make the photo shoot for this book pose... but I found a willing, cute, 'almost' pure ginger, to fill in for him.
;)





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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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