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Why Do People Become Artists?

Why Do People Become Artists?

Why do people become Artists? Out of all of the career choices out there, why do some people feel they must create art as a profession? Certainly, there are safer, more financially predictable ways to make a living. What exactly is it that drives a person to make this “unpractical” life choice? The passionate need to express one’s self, experiences, opinions and visions can manifest itself in many ways. While we are born with this need and taught by parents, teachers and others as children, it is the few of us who fight to keep and develop the skills as an artist. It seems as though as soon as we begin our lives as artists, those of us who choose to keep, harbor, nourish and hone the inner artist are often thought of as flighty dreamers. Yet the reality is, few people live with the kind of passion, dedication, integrity, and commitment that gives persistence and will to believe you are truly born an Artist. The artist feels a marrow-deep need to document the legacy of being alive in this era, in this place, in this moment. The artist needs you to see the things that you are overlooking in your daily routine of “living.” The artist grabs you by the shoulders, stops you in your tracks, or alternatively shakes you out of your hypnosis to remind you that once the imagination is revealed it creates the wonderful world of Art. Art dares you to feel the emotions you’ve been suppressing in favor of the passion and persistence that it takes to see through completing a creation. The artist...
Corporate Pastel Portraits

Corporate Pastel Portraits

Corporate Portraits are incredibly important to company headquarters of all major corporations. Many businesses pay an experienced Portrait Artist to create an exact portrait of key executives who have contributed greatly to the growth and prosperity of a business and guided its progress. With the help of such a portrait, colleagues, the community, and other individuals impacted by their work can remember these special people well after they have retired and/or departed from the company. A Corporate Portrait is no ordinary honor, as it is made for only a select few people. Therefore, commissioning a corporate painting is a task to be given the highest priority. L.A. Cline has received the esteemed honor of being chosen to create manycorporate portraits of top leaders. This type of portrait requires an experienced artist who understands that the image must represent not only an individual, but the entire corporation behind them. Generally, a Corporate Portrait starts from a sketch of the individual in person. The artist will see what poses are comfortable and natural for the subject and consider various color patterns for the Corporate Portrait. The Corporate Portrait Artist will take the designs back to her studio for finalization and thereafter final approval from the client. Video on ‘Corporate Pastel Portraits’ See more of L.A. Cline’s videos here   One of the many advantages of pastel painting is that no drying time is required, as with other forms of painting. This means that the Corporate Portrait can be directly critiqued by the client. The artist can make important changes right before the client’s eyes. While clients can recommend the size of the painting at the start, the Portrait Artist, L.A. Cline, may suggest other...
Super Bowl XLVII, Ravens Quarterback, Joe Flacco

Super Bowl XLVII, Ravens Quarterback, Joe Flacco

This is a free-hand Pencil Sketch of Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco.  This pencil art sketch design was developed from watching Super Bowl XLVII, seeing Joe Flacco interviews on TV and looking at the random photos on line. I have been a sports fan for many years now and have an extensive collection of paintings on my website in the Sports and Athletes Gallery. http://www.lacfineart.com/portrait-painting-pastel-art-gallery.php When I am commissioned to create a pastel portrait painting my pencil art sketches are drawn to the same scale as the finished painting.  These pencil art drawings are the blue print of what my clients should expect as far as what the subject looks like and the size.  It is a great way to start a portrait painting since it really relaxes my clients when they can see their painting as a portrait drawing and make corrections if necessary. I recently wrote an article in my blog about, “ Tips on How to Hire a Portrait Artist”.  It is a great read! http://www.lacfineart.com/fine-art-blog/how-to-hire-a-portrait-artist-tip/ The original Flacco Pencil Art Sketch is 16”X20” and a “Work of Art”. This image was not a commission but is a part of my ever growing Sports Collection.  It is a dynamic image of Joe Flacco filled with determination and that winning stare.  It is the essence of a strong, young, Super Bowl Quarterback. I scanned the original pencil drawing of Flacco to create this email.  This “Work of Art” bares the copyright symbol ©L.A. Cline, which means that no one can copy, sell, or distribute this image.  You can enjoy the art or inquire about the original. Like me on Facebook    http://www.facebook.com/portraitartist.fineart?ref=hl Written by:  L.A....
Sometimes Life Gets in the Way – Story behind a Corporate Portrait

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way – Story behind a Corporate Portrait

It has been since December of 2010 that I have written on My Blog but sometimes Life does get in the way. For all those out there that have elderly parents I hope this touches home. My Father has Alzheimer’s and is currently in a Nursing Home.  He is very moody and very normal or what we call a normal day activity like going to the bathroom, pulling up his pants or just standing up takes a huge toll on him.  While the nurses are wonderful no one can be with him every minute.  My Mother, my Son and I lovingly spend as much time each week as possible to care for him.  It certainly takes a toll on all of us. Fortunately, I have my Art to take me away from some of this heartbreak.  Last August I was commissioned by Tod Aronovitz to create a corporate portrait of his Father, Federal Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz that  now can be viewed on my Website www.LACfineart.com under Corporate Portraits. This commission was very difficult since Judge Aronovitz passed on about 15 years ago.  The family gave me a few photographs of him ranging from a young man of thirty to about 70.  One photograph in particular was the family favorite.  It was a black and white head and shoulder pose. It just so happens that one other photograph had a very small image of Judge Aronovitz standing within a group of people where I could discern his approximate height, weight and size of his head and shoulders compared to his contemporaries.  From there I actually measured Tod’s head, shoulders, hands, wrists, height for comparison.  This information gave me general...

My New Commission – A Corporate Portrait Painting from Photo.

I have been posting pictorial Blogs as I created each part of my newest Pastel Painting, “Enchanting Bloom”.  This beautiful painting is now in the finishing stages with only the top portion of the flower to be painted in. Since my last Blog I have put “Enchanting Bloom” aside to work on a new Memorial commission of a Federal Judge that will be on  permanent display in the Key West Court House which has been dedicated in his name.  This honor was bestowed upon me by his son. Through personal dialogue with his son along with a few photographs of his Father I created an original realistic sketch to scale featuring The Judge in a three-quarter length pose from head to mid-thigh measuring about 40″X50″. This sketch took me a month to develop. I am very happy to say that the family members critiqued and approved the sketch.  I am now painting the portrait from which I rendered from a photo. After many years of creating portraits without actually meeting the subject I knew my past experience was invaluable for this project.  It has been a joy right from the start. There will be a press release and a new page added to my web site when the portrait painting is completed.  The painting will take about three to four months more to paint and custom frame. After my client approves the press release I will be able to give you more details about this incredible, “Great American” I am painting. Meanwhile, I will be updating “Enchanting Bloom” in my next Blog in about ten days. Your comments are always welcome, Sincerely, L.A....