Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Power of a Professional

Some jobs require professionals.
Others don't.

Joe called me because he had searched online for a professional portrait artist. He had an idea and he needed someone to make it happen.

"I'm wanting to possibly have me and the boys in black, maybe some hats, kinda the godfather look for me, and the bulldog in there with maybe a hat and gold chains or something. Is this something you could do?"

Inspired by the TV show "Rob & Big" we embarked on getting our portraits taken. Here is the final result, what do you think?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Making art out of moments...

I don't know how life gets so busy, but it does. The next thing you know 6 months has rolled by. Even for us photographers, it happens. So, while I can not make up for lost time, I can make Art. Two projects come to mind: Ingrid's photo session and Kristen's photo sessions!

Ingrid's photographs are online now, because they have placed their order and I am working on creating books and things. Her gallery can be found at http://taunya.zenfolio.com/p642389014

Kristen's are still in the proofing stage. Her last session was taken outdoors just after we received 13 inches of snow! This is Kristen above in cap & gown.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Commissioning a Painting

Commissioning a Painting from me, is a very personal experience. It's not just a painting for me, it becomes much more than a project.

One of the first things I need is a high resolution photograph. I prefer to work from my own photographs, but that isn't always possible. The better the photograph shows details, the better the painting will be. I can do all sorts of "magic" and change out backgrounds and take out unwanted items, etc. I can work from multiple photographs and use them as reference material.

When you commission me to paint for you, I will come to you and take photos of your pet, horse, or child. Then I will return to my drawing tablet and make a selection and send you a digital proof to approve before the painting process begins.

I'm currently painting using Corel Painter, using oils and acrylics, so I produce my final artworks onto canvas. You can opt to have words printed on the edge of the canvas, or I can create painted edges to match your painting.

If I've forgotten anything about this process, please forgive me. I'm writing this without sending it to a professional copywriter and examining it over and over.

I accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover. I will work with you on payments, not to worry. And if you are close enough for me to deliver the painting in person, then I would love to see your face when you see the painting for the first time. ~Taunya

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Spring into Summer

Well, the Spring has seem to have come and went for us here in Tidewater Virginia. All the trees are in bloom and all our pets have shed out their winter coats. It is the time for family portraits before they teens go off to college and time for our horse portraits because they've gotten rid of all their winter coats. I'll be making my way around Tidewater this summer, taking photos and setting up my exhibits. I'm really looking forward to creating some beautiful work for my clients to treasure for years. The sailing painting will be on display for only a few more weeks at the Smithfield Center...and I have a great replacement of a groom portrait to hang there. I'm so excited to be a painter and a photographer and to have all the wonderful people and pets in my life. So, here's to seeing you this summer!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

VPPA Feb Convention & Detail from a painting

I went to Richmond yesterday, Monday, Feb 22 to attend Helen Yancy's presentation to Virginia Photographers. Helen is a really nice lady, and I enjoyed meeting her in person. She taught how she used Painter to paint from photographs and I learned some new things. This is detail from a painting that I did for another photographer, Cathy Benton, last year. It was the first little girl that I have done. I know I can do even better now, after seeing how I could have handled details a little differently in this painting. Could your child be next?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

trash the canvas winner announced!

I'm so happy! Things always work out, don't they?
Here is what I ended up doing with a disaster...I turned it into an opportunity.

And here are all the pictures from that afternoon's brainstorm!

Thank you Simply Canvas!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

PPA's Super Monday:The Concept of a Conceptual World by Lissa Hatcher

On Monday, October 25th, 2009 I attended a workshop given by Lissa Hatcher. We accompanied her on a photo session and were given an assignment, to find the picture within the picture.
It was about 4:30 p.m., the sky was overcast and it was windy and drizzling rain, not to mention cold! Watching Lissa work, was comforting and calming. I took some photographs of her working too. Here is my assignment. The picture within the picture. Below is the original image. Let me know what you think!