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Super Bowl 50 is Here TODAY!!!!!

Super Bowl 50 is Here TODAY!!!!!

Can you believe that today is Super Bowl 50?  What a landmark in the world of the NFL and Super Bowl! Which Team will make History! Today it is the Young Panther Quarterback Newton with his grand smile and seamlessly fun attitude toward the game VS Manning the Broncos experienced Quarterback with his serious thinking attitude that has been through most everything in his lustrous career.  It’s going to be an incredible game! Way back in 1999 I attended Super Bowl XXXIII and went back to my studio to create a 43″X 50″ Pastel Painting featuring John Elway.  It was a tremendous experience being there and creating this now historic Painting.  In memory of all the past Super Bowls I have brought back this timely image of the painting Super Bowl XXXIII with the winning Broncos. Enjoy! Have a great Super Bowl 50 Sunday!!! http://laclinefineart.com/galleries/sports L.A. CLINE, Master Pastel Artist, www.LACLINEfineart.com, LAC@LACfineart.com   UPDATE AFTER THE GAME: Congratulations to Manning and the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Champions....
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....
Animal portrait painting “Tender Moment” with Zebra’s

Animal portrait painting “Tender Moment” with Zebra’s

This animal portrait painting of Zebras is very technical as far as the placement of the stripes.  Since every Zebra has their own stripe pattern and each stripe identifies that particular animal, this painting of a mother and her offspring is just as intricate as my portraits of people. Using pastels to create the stripes is a time-consuming and intense process.  Many layers of pastel have to be applied to finally get the crisp lines of the stripes. Even the colors have to be built up from medium to dark so that the end color has the layers of color that will give a rich natural look when the painting of the Zebras is finished. Right now I am very happy to have gotten the mother and her babies face in place.  The face and the legs of these animals are the most complicated areas of the body because of the intricate striped pattern, so to paint this original portrait, moving slowly is key.  While painting this piece, I cannot jump around and paint different areas.  I have to concentrate and do each area next to the most recently completed one, as some stripes connect to others in their overlapping bodies. As a rule, after one year the dark brown zebra stripes generally turn to the familiar black; however, this mother still has some dark brown on her face and neck, while the rest of her body stripes have already turned to more dark black tones.  Her foal, of course, is mostly dark brown with some areas of black. As an animal portrait artist, waiting is the game you play...

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....
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...