A very dear friend of mine decided on having a portrait done of her “Bella”. She did not already have a good photo, and since she lives roughly ten minutes from where I am, we decided I would bring my camera and see if we couldn’t get a nice shot that I could use for the portrait. It is best to do this on an overcast day, so as to avoid any harsh shadows; however, her backyard is perfect for these kinds of shots, as there are an abundance of shade trees that we used to our advantage. I snapped roughly fifteen images, but we settled on this one, at right.
My friend had been renovating, and we both got distracted discussing colors, textures, not to mention how long it had been since we had seen each other. I asked her where she was thinking of placing the finished portrait. I usually do backgrounds that match the portrait, but in this case, Bella is very neutral in color, mostly black with blue undertones, so almost anything goes in terms of a background. We decided to make it FIT with the new colors in the kitchen, and walls.
I cropped out the photo, to show approximately how it would fit into the 16 x 16″ square envelope, did a “draft” of the portrait part, and added a few “splashes” of sample colors to use in the background. With all of that housekeeping out of the way, the rest was pretty standard.
Here she is! The only thing remaining is a final varnish, and a signature!