In the summer I was commissioned to paint a family portrait as a 40th birthday present. Commissioned as a gift for his wife, I worked with the client to create a portrait that captured the family including characteristic outfits for each of them.
I know the family very well so that helped to capture them, but I also used source photos to get the details right. I was also able to make some late changes as the painting developed – for instance to change the baby’s sleep suit to one that had become a family favourite. As ever, I worked closely with the client throughout the process.
They’ve given their permission for me to also share a few of the source photos used for the painting:
The title of the work uses “bee” as this is special to the family. There’s also a bee hidden on the back of the painting.
Let me show you the painting in progress as it developed:
It was such a pleasure to make this work and the client and his wife were delighted with the painting. Portraits are always challenging. Trying to capture the character converted into a RachelCreative style can be tricky but also very rewarding and I hope I get to do more.
I’m available for commissions – just send me an email.