Archie's mom asked me to paint two pieces for her, which I delivered last night. That's always fun and a little nerve wracking...the big reveal. I love seeing the reactions from my clients in person, which makes working with local people here in Lynchburg really fun. Plus, I got to meet Archie's new little brother, who I'll be painting when he turns one a year from now.
I'll miss having Archie around the house, he sure is a cute little guy!
After my TypeFace show in September, I was blessed with a number of commissioned portraits to do.
This first batch is of four, full-of-energy-and-personality, siblings. For all my portraits, I like to use my own photographs. So, one Sunday afternoon we had a fun photoshoot to capture the perfect shots to work from.
I've been using Annie Sloan products in my work lately as well - so each background is painted, waxed, sanded, waxed more, sanded more, painted more, etc etc until I get that fuzzy feeling that tells me it's complete.
So without further ado, here's Jack, Charlie, Katie and Stuart!
This is Tony. His quote above says it all. People around here know him as "Mr. Get Downtown" - which is pretty easy to see from his rap video below.
I was looking for a sharp dressed "businessman" for my next portrait and I thought of Tony, who I already knew, but it was still pretty fun to interview him and learn more about his approach to life.
He fills every day up with just enough things to overbook a week in my world. Running the show at the Holiday Inn downtown, hosting his own radio show, playing gigs with the boys from The House Band, and emceeing local events are just a few things you may find Tony doing around the Burg.
He spent most of his younger days raising a family and working to support them, and now, in his early 50's, with the kids older and off to school, he's squeezing every last minute out of every waking hour.
Which is why this quote certainly sums up the man, in my opinion: "In between the opening curtain and the closing curtain of each day, I got to put on a show."