Several years ago, I had been going to a hairstylist named Janice. We became friends as often happens with your stylist! After learning about my art work, she wanted to see the snapshots of my portraits. She had two little girls, and she mentioned she’d like me to do portraits of them. So we talked about it from time to time over the years, but never made arrangements to do it.
Years later, out of the blue she called to tell me she was expecting a granddaughter! She had thought about the portraits and wanted me to do one of her daughter Brittany, now grown, for the baby shower. I was pleased and honored that she thought about me for this special occasion. She had in mind a vintage style portrait of her daughter as a baby or toddler to display along with some of her daughter’s baby things. We compared and discussed several different photographs and ideas until deciding on doing her as a toddler in sepia tones. She wanted Brittany to have a more updated look, so she asked me to add a larger bow in her hair, which is more in fashion today.
To me, this is one of the fun things about doing someone’s portrait. You can change things about them like their hair color, clothes, background etc., however I always require approval from the customer first.
You don't have to be an "artist" to have art or creativity in your world. Your home decor, your wardrobe preferences, the way you prepare for a project for work are all done using your own creativity, even if you don't realize it!
Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you have a creative day!
When I was first starting out using pastels in my work, my two boys were little and naturally the subject matter of several of my portraits. This was a very fortunate opportunity for me to create portraits using my new skills, being that they were the two most beautiful children in the world. Plus they just happened to be handy at the time and had no say in the matter. :) Below is one of my early works of my son, Jordan as a toddler.
My artist mother wanted me to learn to paint, and she kept encouraging me to try oils or acrylics like she’d always done. My preference was pastels, charcoal, and pencil. Finally, she found a ‘portraits in pastels’ class, and I finally gave in and enrolled! That was 20 years ago, and I am so thankful for her pushing me and encouraging me to do that! What would we do without our moms?
Who is someone who inspires and/or encourages you to be creative, stretch out of your comfort zone, or lift your spirits? Let me hear from you in the comment section.
When you visit my website, the homepage opens with a portrait that I did of my fiancé, Guy, in 2012. As I’m sure you can imagine, I thoroughly enjoyed staring at his photos throughout that whole process!!
But Guy is so much more than just a handsome face. He is a man of strong faith in God, a loving father, and a trusted friend to many. He is one of those people who always sees the good in others and is ready for a kind word of encouragement. He is also a talented songwriter, and if you’d like to hear some of his music, here is a link to two of his songs on Soundcloud:
I am very honored to be able to tell you that we are to be married in a few months! He is a great source of inspiration and encouragement for me.
Who is someone who inspires or encourages you to be creative, stretch out of your comfort zone, or lifts your spirits? Let me hear from you in the comment section.
Welcome to my blog, and thank you for your visit! I am launching a business that has been inspired my whole life by the many people I've known and places I've seen along this journey. That is what my blog is about and why I named my business "Becky's Inspired Art"
I have loved to draw people ever since I was little. My mother is an artist and I never even knew what that meant growing up because it was a part of our normal daily life. She painted using oils, acrylics, and watercolors, but my true love was drawing, especially people. I drew all the time and still do today.
I love what it means to be an artist because it has made me appreciate my God-given gifts and those of others. When my grandmother died, my grandfather had the word "artist" inscribed on her monument to describe her. I was confused back then because she was a country farm wife and had never picked up a paint brush. I later realized that she was an artist in the truest sense. Everything she did was done creatively, thoughtfully and beautifully. She was excellent at all of the domestic arts, including her beautiful gardens and homemade quilts. Since then, I have learned so much and look forward to continued learning. Below is a snapshot of a portrait I did of her 20 years ago! It is framed under glass, so this picture has some glare.
I hope you enjoy this blog and feel comfortable sharing your stories too!
My name is Becky Allbrook and I am an artist, mom, and member of the corporate workforce. Join me on my creative journey that has been inspired by the people I've met along the way.