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NEW PAINTING, “ROMANCING THE ROSE”

NEW PAINTING, “ROMANCING THE ROSE”

Here’s a Selfie of me just beginning this new Pastel Painting. It is going to be a large and very brightly colored work of Art measuring right now at 32″X 28″. I say that because I never know just what happens as I create a painting. Sometimes the size changes and I decide to add more and sometimes I need to reduce an area. Besides the dynamic bright red rose in the center there are flowers all around in Bright Purple with Yellow centers and red berries too. To make this painting even more exciting there will be a Monarch Butterfly and maybe another type of butterfly. I am not sure yet. However I have planned to put in Bumble Bee’s and a lady bug. This painting is all about the beauty of our world. The world we should protect and enjoy forever more. So you will have to keep touching base with my blog and see this masterpiece develop before your eyes!!!! L.A....
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...
Portrait Art Painting

Portrait Art Painting

Portrait art painting has been one of the most challenging forms of art. It not only requires a lot of training but it needs an exceptional talent to be one of the best portrait artists. Regarded as one of the most gifted pastel portrait art painters of modern times, L.A. Cline has mastered the medium of pastel painting to create masterpieceportrait art painting. She is also a distinguished corporate official portrait artist; having created official corporate portraits for a number of the most respected and trusted corporations. A portraits artist is held to different requirements than most various other artists. While there is often room for expression of an imaginative nature, many people who are interested in portrait art painting of themselves or someone else are looking for a portraits artist who will be able to develop a close likeness of that individual. The face is the most important part of a portrait art painting and a skilled artist understands this. When they are commissioning a portrait art painting, it is extremely vital to choose the right portrait artist. A great portraits artist understands the significance of faces and is able to capture them in the painting with close realism. Everyone expresses themselves differently, and discovering which facial expression catches their character is a trick to success in portrait art painting. While sketching the basic design, a portraits artist will place the head of a subject in a manner that is natural yet pleasing to the total look of the finished piece. Everybody has their own individual appearance and position or the method they carry themselves. This naturalness is...
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....

Pet Portrait – It’s a Zebra! Masterpiece Pastel Painting has begun

Pet Portrait Artist Sketch of Two Grevy Zebras by ©L.A. Cline After finishing a Memorial Pastel pet portrait Portrait Painting of my clients’ beloved Blue Point Himalayan cat entitled, “Mr. Madison Blue”, I decided to continue with animal portrait theme as my first Masterpiece painting for the New Year 2013. I created the new pencil sketch above of two Grevy Zebras shows a beautiful connection between Mother and her offspring. The Mother decided to lie down to rest on a hot summer’s day and her little offspring is approaching either for a loving nudge or perhaps reminding Mom it’s time to eat.  This is a natural endearing exchange; a beautiful moment to capture in a fine art rendering. Drawing the different striped patterns of each zebra was very complicated, especially because of one zebra being in front of the other.  Every zebra has their own pattern and it is their signature of recognition.   The Grevy Zebras are an endangered species – the largest of the African Zebra’s being nearly seven feet tall, with the Males weighing almost 1,000 pounds.  The foals are browner in color and turn black as they become a year old.  As I studied these beautiful creatures for my artist rendering I noticed that the Grevy Zebras have unique characteristics such as: large heads; long necks; big rounded ears; and smaller, more delicate striped patterns, with more distinction between the black stripes.  Their stripes end to expose their bellies – where there are no markings.  Lastly, there is a stripe that runs from their head mane all the way to down their tails. They now are considered to live in the northern areas...
Fantasy Self Portrait in Progress – How to render a portrait painting

Fantasy Self Portrait in Progress – How to render a portrait painting

I continue to make progress on my Self Portrait.  I have started to block out my face  and hair even more with my favorite colors of Lavender, Pink, Green, Yellow, and a new color, Navy Blue for my eye lashes.  This Pastel Painting is clearly taking on a fantasy enchantment of color yet the sence of realism still remains. The outline around my neck and shoulders is a very bold Green outline, while the skin tone reflects a delicate array of light colors.  Even the stokes of color for my hair will eventually have this wonderful bold turquoise Green color weaved in. The background of this Pastel Painting will be untouched with chalk, so I have to be very precise to make sure none of the chalk dust or stain will attach to the background. This is a large format painting when framed it will be approximately 40″X50″. I know many Artists before me have created portraits of themselves.   This experience is something that took a lot of coaching from my husband and family.  This was not a project I would have created on my own.   But now that I am experiencing what my clients have for many years, its a special enjoyment to feel your soul reflected as you would want the world to see. Presently I am finishing the painting and I look forward to sharing the completed creation.  Your feedback would be most welcome!!!! L.A....
The Face for 2012 Fantasy Portrait

The Face for 2012 Fantasy Portrait

If you go back to my January 10th 2012 Blog, you will see the Original Pencil Sketch to scale I drew for this portrait. This image shows the birth of the creative process. I have just started to apply the first layers of Pastel Chalk to what will be the Original Self Portrait. I am using all of my favorite colors including Lavender, Purple, Pink, Green, Yellow and combined then for the skin tone and eventually for the hair and neck and bust. The pastel chalk is starting to map out my image. I have much more to go this is only the beginning!! Check back in a week for an update!! L.A....
The New Face for 2012 – How to render a Portrait Painting

The New Face for 2012 – How to render a Portrait Painting

I have been painting portraits for about thirty years now that include The Most Honorable Judges and Corporate Portraits, Children, Pets, Sports and Entertainment personalities each having a very special story behind the finished Pastel Painting. Some of the stories are quite dramatic. I will now and again and present excerpts on You Tube and this Blog about the stories behind the paintings I create. This new sketch is very reminiscent of me and the way I appear to the outside world. It felt was odd drawing myself but when I stepped back I really felt the drawing captured my inner energy that comes through the way I look to the world. Now I know why my clients are so excited to see the preliminary sketch for this sketch is the foundation of the finished Pastel Painting. It is always be a humbling experience when I start a painting. That blank white surface just calls to you and you must respond. I must admit even to this day it’s a little scary starting but once I start everything begins to flow. This sketch is proportioned for a large format portrait approximately 32″X38″. I wanted to start 2012 with a concept in large portraiture that would be a provocative piece that both men and women would want to commission of themselves. This is just the beginning much more to follow as the sketch transforms to become the finished Pastel Painting. Please write your comments and email lac@lacfineart.com your information for special offers during the year! Happy and Healthy 2012, L.A....
Happy and Healthy Holidays to All!

Happy and Healthy Holidays to All!

This beautiful greeting is actually a detail from one of my Pastel Paintings entitled, “Hidden Beauty”. The entire painting can be viewed on my site at: LACfineart.com While walking one day I spotted this beautiful pungent Red Hibiscus. It could have gone by unnoticed except for its vibrant color that caught my eye. Looking around at the other flowers they could not compare. This beautiful Hibiscus was hidden from the direct sun and protected by the fence where is was growing within. The flower was in full bloom in its perfect place for that moment. “Hidden Beauty” is within all of us it’s just a matter of people stopping to look at you or for you speak and talk to new people so your beauty is noticed. Everyone has their “Hidden Beauty”. I chose this detail to represent the joyful, cheerful spirit of the Holidays and to wish everyone a Wonderful Holiday Season. L.A....
New Portrait Painting Sketch

New Portrait Painting Sketch

I am in the process of sketching out an outline of a painting that will complete a pair of paintings. This new sketch will be painted with the same colors and light tones as my latest Pastel Painting “Enchanted Bloom”. This new bloom will show the beautiful natural unfolding of the center bud. When I first saw these two Roses they were connected with one stem which divided into two shoots each with its own rose. These two roses where irresistible! Both were in bloom but at different stages. I took the details I wanted and decided to paint two original ideas showing the two sister blooms. This sketch is the beginning of a new Pastel Painting that will be displayed beside the already finished, “Enchanted Bloom”. Separate or together they are Magnificent!!! Stay tuned for new updates as the painting begins! 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...
Signed and Finished “Enchanted Bloom” Nature Painting

Signed and Finished “Enchanted Bloom” Nature Painting

“Enchanted Bloom” is Signed and Finished!!! I have completed the last step before the actual scanning of the Original Pastel Nature Painting.  All the chalk has an even appearance which means that all the many layers are blended over the whole painting.  This is critical step because it will scan and reproduce as a very fine duplication of the original.  You can find my signature on the left hand side at the end of a petal. For the next four to five days I will be spraying the piece in preparation for the scanning and framing.  I have already selected a very unique frame that will compliment the piece.  It is a solid wooden frame approximatley 5 1/2″ wide with a continuous flow and no corner seams in an off-white textured finish.  It is a custom frame and will take about four weeks to be made. Meanwhile once the scan is complete the image will look even better and closer to the original.  I have been taking shots with my camera so you can see my progression as I painted this creation.  My camera is a great however a more true image will be captured using the powerful and sensitive scanning machine. This beautiful painting is essentially finished.  I now hand my original to very competent technicians I have worked with many years for the scanning and framing.  I do supervise the piece through these finishing steps. Join me after the Holidays for the creation of a new painting. Sincere Wishes to you all for a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!!!!! L.A....

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....
Blooming Rose – Nature Artist Painting

Blooming Rose – Nature Artist Painting

NOW the pastel painting is starting to take hold! Some of the new petals that have been painted in this nature painting reach the left hand border and the bottom border of the painting.  The color palette built on warmer tones in the center now have a more cooler quality with pinks, greys, slight blue touches with a pearlescent top finish.  The middle bloom is the center point however the soft folds of the extending petals really gives this piece a serene dreamlike feel that is very beautiful to the eye.  Even within the soft colors you can still feel the three-dimensional quality as the petals whirl around the flower folding downward to expose “Enchanted Bloom”. This whirling feeling will become more apparent as the other petals start to be painted in.  Keep in mind that I use pastels and each color is built on many shades of colors, layer upon layer, until the right shade and color tone is reached for each part of each petal. Once I have the whole nature painting image painted I then go back into the work diligently building the chalk giving the creation more depth and dimension with the finishing touches.  That is when the painting really comes alive! By the next time you see this beautiful Rose image it should almost be complete ready for the finishing touches. If this is your first time viewing this image of this new painting be sure to go back to my earlier posts to see this painting from the beginning. Looking forward to your comments!!!!! Regards, L.A....
Inside the World of Pastel Painting – Nature Artist LA Cline

Inside the World of Pastel Painting – Nature Artist LA Cline

Since my last post on July 27th I have been creating yet another new color palette for the Pastel Nature Painting “Enchanted Bloom”. The center bud uses colorations that combine cool tones with warm tones.  Most of the warm tones are present within the Rose’s budding center. This new color scheme for the outer petals will bring in cooler tones of lavenders, blues and pearlescent whites blended and layered. I started painting a long petal on the left side as you can see in this image. On the right you can see I also started to paint the petals on the right side with the darker cooler tones. As I create the outer petals I will go back into the painting to build and blend the new areas with the areas already painted that will eventually give the flower that over all delicate powdery soft finish.  It usually takes me about 20 layers of chalk to accomplish this overall look.  The finished Original Nature Pastel Painting will be light with beautiful natural hues blending into each other. Even though the painting seems to be slow moving there are a lot of preparations going on behind the scenes to keep progressing to the next area.  Especially since I am creating another painting one that will be the same size, same colorations with a different Rose image.  This pair will capture the birth of beauty. Read my other Blogs posted in March and July to catch up!!!!  Your comments are always welcome. L.A....
“Enchanting Bloom” in memory of “Greenma”

“Enchanting Bloom” in memory of “Greenma”

L.A. Cline creates the “Enchanting Bloom” Pastel Painting I am painting the beauty of  life.  The moment we all want to hold on too. This is a wonderful thought to have for the approximately three months I will be painting this piece.  The hard part is that I cannot rush a painting but must remain calm so the Pastels will flow easily with color and thought.  Remembering wonderful people and thinking of the people you love in your life now are the great inspirations that allow me to create. From the small start of the last image posted on July 14th, you can now see the center more clearly developed and expanding to the petals.  There are some dark areas within the Rose however most of the colors are light with highlights and transparencies. For the past two weeks I have made color studies and painted.  The petals are very fragile and delicate so the application of the chalk must also take on this feel.  I am now starting to work on the areas outside the center bud.   As I work outward I constantly go back and blend colors.   Although still in a rough state the color palette is beginning to develop. If you click on the image to enlarge you can see that I hand-draw the Artwork and use a grid-system that is unique for every painting.  When finished this Pastel Painting will be about 28”X28”. I look forward to see what another ten days of work will reveal.  Be sure to check out my next Blog and read the “Family Matters” Blog the story behind the painting the first post in July. Comments always welcome! L.A....
Family Matters – Beginning the Nature Painting

Family Matters – Beginning the Nature Painting

Family Matters Like all families there are the good times and the tough times.  This has been a tough time for us. For any family who has lost a loved one this is for you. Mary, better known as “Greenma” was a wonderful 94 year old woman who I met about five years ago who recently passed on.  The story goes that her young Grandchildren could not pronounce Grandma so Grandma became “Greenma”. “Greenma” and I met at family functions and there was an immediate connection between us.  We really adored seeing each other and could not stop chatting when we did. I still can hear the sweet Southern tone of her voice.  She dressed so modern yet it suited her.  Even at 94! she looked like an elegant perfect Southern Lady.  She was slim wore little or no makeup, was beautiful with light blue eyes and striking white hair to her chin all one length parted on the side with a lovely wave.  Even young women were envious of her glamorous look.  She will always remain my idol. She had an adoring family and an extraordinary Daughter who was the main caretaker. Her other loving Daughter also pitched in when she was in town.  She was so loved by her Grandson, Granddaughters and Great Grandchildren. I feel so lucky to have met her and spent some of my life knowing her.  She is forever in my spirit. It is her life that I am celebrating with the two new nature paintings I am now creating.  Both new pastel paintings are Florals dedicated to “Greenma” for she loved Flowers.  As...
New Collection of Fine Art Stationary

New Collection of Fine Art Stationary

I just completed my new line of “Little Treasures” Fine Art Stationary. It has been a joy turning my “Nature Collection” series into beautiful keep sakes to share with someone special. You can purchase my new stationary at the Gallery Store on my web site. www.lacfineart.com I look forward to hearing your feedback...