Monday, November 15, 2010

Something New

This is a sneak peek of something new I may be offering to my clients in the future.  It is my very first "portrait" ~ I say that loosely, as I am still refining.  It is also a sneak peek of her wedding, which I will be posting in the months to come.  This will be a gift to the bride.  She was so precious to work with ~ truly a dream client! and I am most grateful she is allowing me to "practice" on her as I develop my technique (I have another of her in the works). It originally started out that I was going to do a loose sketch of her gown...then I attended a watercolor class on portraits...

When I took my first watercolor portrait class from Janet Rogers a few months ago, I never dreamed how much I would enjoy it.  I painted this bridal portrait, when I returned home, with Janet's encouragement, after showing her some of the sketches I had done of the bride and the gown.  Janet is one of the most amazing and inspiring teachers I have ever had!!  I highly recommend her. I originally signed up for the class because it was florals and portraits, and I was really only interested in the floral portion ...until we got started ~ now I love faces.  I was most afraid to paint the eyes, as there is so much of the personality there, so I started with the eyes looking down on this one, but now I love painting eyes!  My goal is for my next portrait to be a lot looser and livelier.

So, more to come on this later, as well as some exciting classes I have signed up for next year.


  1. Dana...this portrait is a delight!!!!! You have done an amazing job with this piece. You can make your brush dance as well as you do with the pen. I love this work!!! Keep going!


  2. Oh this portrait is beautiful! I have just discovered your blog and I love your work!! I'll be back later to see more. Your little Lucy is precious, too.

  3. Dana my friend- I have goose bumps. One I was happy to see a post of yours and another this is BEAUTIFUL! You capture the magic of the day in this bride's face.
    Hugs to you and Miss Lucy. xo

  4. Hi Dear Dana~
    This painting is stunning! What a wonderful idea and perfect way to capture the special day. You're so talented.

    I've missed you! Hope to catch up soon!

    Lots of love,

  5. Dianne DerbyNovember 17, 2010

    I must have one too! So beautiful Dana! Love it!

  6. I hope you will add your caligraphy flourishes to this!

  7. You are amazing Dana! Absolutely gorgeous, and to think you've just begun to explore this type of work blows me away. You *must* offer this to clients. What a treasured family heirloom it will be.

  8. Mary Beth HayesNovember 21, 2010

    Dana! I love it! Thank you so much for allowing ME to be your first subject! You are so talented and I can't wait to see it in person!! Thank you for helping me to have the wedding of my dreams!!!!!

  9. Hi Dana, just sending warm wishes to you, your love and Lucy for a Happy Thanksgiving!! xo

  10. Hi Dana!
    This is such a darling new avenue you are taking!
    You are so talented!
    I was you do business or enclosure cards?
    Let me know
    Hugs to you!

  11. Thank you so much, one and all! I truly almost did not put this out there yet, but I am so glad I did. I appreciate your encouragement.

    Dianne, just send your photo to me.

    Donna, yes, I do both enclosures and business cards!

  12. This portrait is SO lovely Dana! It is as magical and delicate as only a bride can be...what a wonderful and beautiful gift!