Thursday, January 29, 2009

Recent Commissions

Here are some of my most recent charcoal commissions. The top two were a gift for their mother and the bottom was an anniversary gift.  I always think it is nice when people choose to give art as a gift for someone.  It really will last forever and be passed down the generations. I know people worry about the price of a custom portrait, but charcoals are very reasonable. If you are interested in learning more about the pricing of my custom portraits visit my website. 

Although my favorite medium is paint, I do really enjoy sketching with charcoal.  I really like the spontaneous quality that it gives to a portrait.  I am such a whimp though... I can't stand the feeling of charcoal on my skin so I wear latex gloves most of the time!  Probably not the most environmentally friendly choice on my part, but it's like nails on the chalkboard for me... it's awful even thinking about it!  That is one of the reasons I love painting so much I guess.  I don't mind it on my hands and I am even known to go in public with paint all over my clothes.  Charcoal, on the other hand, I don't want it anywhere near me or my clothes!  


Anonymous said...

Leia, those are beautiful charcoal portraits! That is actually my favorite medium to draw in and your comment about the charcoal on your skin made me laugh because i'm the opposite where I LOVE the feeling of the charcoal and how it gets all over! haha. i'm probably just weird like that though. =)

Leia Brown said...

Thanks Annie! I wish I could embrace the messiness of it, but it kinda gives me the heebie jeebies!