It's at the framer! I was able to complete this project before we went to Arizona to visit my son Jake, but there wasn't time to get it to the framing shop before we left. I was really happy to have the opportunity to meet this Jake (seated in the middle obviously) while we were there. He was super nice, so I was happy to meet him and get to know another friend of my Jake's. Woot! I hope he gets a lot of fun and enjoyment with this piece. I know I had fun creating it!
Here is the completed version of the author and philosopher, Ayn Rand. I have never read her books, but she seems to have a huge following. Her heyday was the mid-1900's, and she died in 1982. A very interesting dinner guest, indeed!
"Success isn't something that happens to you; you happen to it."
Ah, the very lovely Ivanka Trump! I didn't know much about her but now I'm starting to like her. She is a successful model, business-woman, and advisor to the President. She encompasses graceful beauty and self-confidence. She's also a young mother of three, so good for her!
"JUST PLAY. HAVE FUN. ENJOY THE GAME"
This MJ quote is so important and something I've been focused on learning how to do more and more lately. Especially while doing these fantasy dinner guest projects because they do take some time. I am learning to enjoy the process more than ever, which is just huge for me. So thank you, Mr. Jordan, for the inspiration.
Meet my client, Jake, who has requested a portrait of himself with his favorites: Michael Jordan, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ayn Rand, and Ivanka Trump. WOW! What a list of varied and interesting people...I want to eavesdrop on the conversations at that dinner party! This Jake is a friend of my son's, who is also named Jake.
"ACE IS ON THE CASE"
It's cool to watch the characters coming to life when I start the pastel work on these celebrity portraits. And thank goodness my son and husband will give me honest feedback. Have you ever looked at something you were working on for too long and you need a fresh pair of eyes to catch the mistakes? Had to tweak the zany and slightly psychotic Ace Ventura a few times until I finally got him.
Based in Birmingham, AL, I love creating portraits in charcoal and pastels. Join me on my creative journey, inspired by the people, places, and pets I've met along the way!