The holiday season so far has been crazy. So many projects all of the sudden and I ended up having to left some of them go. But here are the ones I actually got to:
Relieved to finally be at my parents' house without much more to do but wrap gifts!
This portrait was for a friend of mine from high school. He wanted to surprise his fiancée with something personalized for Christmas and chose this family photo from right after they adopted Luna the corgi. I used my new lamp with a hollow opening to record a time lapse (almost) start to finish, which I've never done before. I may need to look into a different app however; the one I've been using only records for 20 minutes at a time.
Yesterday afternoon I unpacked and then we had a few friends over and watched a few epsidoes of The Chris Gethard Show before heading to bed. A couple friends may come over for New Year's Eve, but it will probably be a very small affair.
In the meantime, I brought out all of my comic storyboards and am trying to pick up where I left off. A roadblock that I am experiencing right now is that so far I have started with a scene that leads into a flashback, and within the flashback, a memory is shared. I want to illustrate the memory, but I'm worried that it's too multi-level to have a flashback within a flashback, à la Christopher Nolan. I suppose it's an interesting problem to solve, and it could be a good opportunity to break away from the traditional framing that I've been gravitating toward just to give myself structure. But I still feel a bit out of my depths. Hopefully something compelling comes of it.
This is my cousin Andy's son Theo. Andy asked for a portrait of him for his wife Bellmary, for Mother's Day. Theo is about 18 months old and quite adorable
A couple of dog portraits (Ernie and Sofie), and a wintery scene for the "mystery maker" effort at work :)
These wedding signs were designed by Catey's sister and we got them transferred to chalkboard panels with paint marker. Catey and Joe got married at the New England Aquarium, hence the penguin motif!
I couldn't share this in-progress shot at the time because it was for a surprise commission, but here it is retroactively. You can see how much "gridding" went into getting the figure exactly accurate. Below that is an image the owner sent along of the framed finished product, which hangs in their entryway. The original is one of his wife's favorite pieces of artwork and he wanted to bring that into their home to enjoy daily.
Copy projects are always so fun; my method of copying the drawing is pretty mathematical, so that I can interpret the paint application more freely once I get to that step.
The latest project was a copy of a work by Charles Courtney Curran for a couple of family friends who fell in love with the original work in person. I had never seen the painting before, but was instantly inspired by the "shadow decoration" on the hung laundry and the quiet grace of the young woman. She has an understated elegance to her posture and expression.
With the holidays came a couple of works on paper. The first depicts Amber, a beloved 14-year-old beagle with a loving personality and comical spunk even in her old age. The second is a Christmas scene used for a family greeting card, with two sisters and their baby brother walking home in the snow.
Terri, Jackie, and Patrick
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Brookline, MA.