Monday, May 5, 2008
Another Acrylic Portrait Commission
This is Alice. She has for many years worked to develop directions and programs for how we educate our children here in California. And for many years, I too have worked with her as an illustrator whose illustrations have appeared on many posters and text material (I include a sample here). She recently left her position with the County Offc. of Ed. to take on a new educational job. Her coworkers commissioned me to paint a portrait to present to Alice at her "retirement" dinner. So here she is at home with her dog (who came to work with her every day. I loose count of the number of times that I have had project meetings with Alice, other educators, and her dog).
What was challenging here was not only to paint a good likeness, but to render the table and tableware without having them distract from Alice and pal. I was provided with a small reference photo from Alice's coworkers.