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Portrait Paintings Archives - L.A. Cline
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....
L.A. CLINE Pays Homage to Super Bowl XLIX with a Sports Painting

L.A. CLINE Pays Homage to Super Bowl XLIX with a Sports Painting

It all started with a dream to paint Dolphin Quarterback, Dan Marino, back in 1996. L.A. Cline started to paint two Pastel Paintings of Dan Marino, one a portrait and one an action scene, entitled, ‘The Game’ measuring 38”X45”. These paintings were the spark that lit the fire to continue painting Sports Athletes. By going to the games, experiencing the head to head combat between players, the strategies and passion to win all fueled the Artist’s desire to paint a new kind of Sports Historic Painting capturing these moments forever. L.A. Cline states, “For me our athletes are like gladiators, fighting against all odds to win and stay on top.’ A quote by Vince Lombardi says it all, ‘The harder you work the harder it is to surrender’.” Creating the Super Bowl XXXIII Painting was an incredible feat for the Artist. L.A. Cline “Seeing John Elway actually make that last winning touchdown was a thrilling moment. To capture and immortalize that moment within a 45”X52” Pastel Painting, is a work of Art to behold.” The Artist starts with a pencil sketch to scale before each painting. One painting as large as this one with so many details took six months to finish. All the creations of L.A. CLINE are drawn and painted by hand. The Artist uses a method of building layer upon layer of Pastel pigment developing the depth and details that unveils the “Super Realistic” quality of each legacy painting. This painting is a show stopper when displayed at events. It is also a part of the Artists personal collection. The LACfineart.com website serves as an in-depth...
Pastel Vs Oil Paintings

Pastel Vs Oil Paintings

  Oil Painting Oil painting has been the traditional medium used for most portrait, florals and scenery paintings. Oil can produce very realistic and luminous effects using the right mixture of colors to achieve the brightness and shadowing of color. It was the choice for painters when invented in the 15th century by the Flemish, Italian and Venetian Painters. Pastel Painting The history of Pastels centered around France with Venice artist Rosalba Carreira born in 1675 the first popular painter who created art with pastel. Edgar Degas 1834-1917 took pastel and explored new techniques that really brought pastel to the forefront. Pastel became another choice that is as wonderful as oil. With the advent of modern technology such as Acid-Free Cotton papers mounted on an Acid Free surface, museum glass with UV protection that is hardly noticeable has increased the permanence and longevity of pastel paintings to the levels attributed to oil paintings. Unlike oils that use pure pigment and oil to bind the colors, pastels use pure pigments mixed with small amounts of binder such as gum arabic that are rolled into sticks and dried. The incredible thing about pastels is that you can achieve the same boldness in color as in oil paintings because pastels are a very pure pigment with a high degree of permanence made with very little binder. The look is softer more natural with pastels because of the powered finish of the medium, yet the colors are as grand as the color of oils. Both Mediums Both mediums start with the same pure pigment, one is wet and one is dry. They both...
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...
Face of 2012 Self Portrait Finished

Face of 2012 Self Portrait Finished

The self-portrait images in the previous Blogs showed the colorations starting to take hold however, my face was not totally in its natural proportion.  Now in the finishing stages you can see that the facial area has become more blended and more in proportion.  While before I was laying down colors and blocking out areas now you can see that all that been pulled together to produce a beautiful light colorful Pastel Portrait. Almost finished, I still must spray and Check all the lines to make sure everything is blended perfectly.  The spraying takes about four to five days.  Spraying it itself is an Art.  To much can ruin the piece and not enough spray does not hold the chalk, so I take my time. The whole demeanor of this Pastel Painting is soft and colorful capturing the essence of femininity with an image that defines how I look and at the same time recognizable to people know me.  It is a modern interpretation of the soul of my inner self. As I was creating my portrait, I could not help but to think of a painting, “Girl with Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer circa 1665.  Here I work with a light background to show attention to the subject while Vermeer used a dark background to highlight is subject.  Both the Maids head and My head are turned to expose one earring that is the main decoration in both paintings.  This one jeweled detail changes the way a woman feels about herself.  For that moment her whole demeanor becomes more regal with a sence of beauty that radiates from her eyes. Vermeer’s Maid is dressed in maids cloths and her young face is solemn, in comparison to my face that has more of an alluring quality with a more suggestive...
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....

L.A. Cline’s Memorial Corporate Portrait Permanently Displayed in Key West, Florida Courthouse

When you visit Key West, Florida be sure to visit the Sidney M. Aronovitz United States Courthouse at 301 Simonton Street to see the 39.5”X 54” Masterpiece Pastel Portrait of Federal Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz created by Artist, L.A. Cline in the Main Lobby. The Courthouse was constructed in 1931-1932 by James Wetmore, the Acting Supervising Architect of the Treasury. On October 19, 2009 the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate designated the Courthouse as the Sidney M. Aronovitz United States Courthouse. Judge Aronovitz’s Grandfather, David Aronovitz arrived in Key West from Europe and founded a family of Key West pioneers whose contributions to the city were honored with the naming of Aronovitz Lane.  Sidney M. Aronovitz, born in Key West in 1920, went to Key West High School and Graduated as Senior Class President and Valedictorian.  He went to the University of Florida and earned his law degree with honors. Aronovitz served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in Europe from 1943 to 1946 and earned the Bronze Star.  The Honorable Aronovitz was the United States Southern District Judge of Florida for over 20 years.  In 1976 President Gerald R. Ford appointed Aronovitz to the Federal Bench where he served his hometown with great distinction for the remainder of his life. L.A. Cline painted this corporate portrait by hand using layer upon layer of pastel chalk to develop this legacy painting.   A Giclee, Fine Art Reproduction of this painting can also be viewed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, at the American Art and Portrait Gallery Library in the “Living Artists File” were...
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....

Portrait Artist L.A. Cline Receives Smithsonian Institute Honor

L.A. Cline was commissioned to recreate a portrait of The Honorable Judge Aronovitz that will be on permanent display in the lobby of the Sidney M. Aronovitz United States Courthouse located in Key West, Florida, which was renamed in his honor on February 22, 2010. Originally from Key West, Florida, Federal Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz was nominated by President Gerald Ford to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on August 4, 1976. L.A. Cline scanned the Original Memorial Pastel Painting of Federal Judge Aronovitz and sent a Giclee print to the Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The Curator of Prints and Drawings sent L.A. Cline’s print and information to the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library to be included in the “Living Artists File” where certain Artist’s are recommended to all that request future Commissioned Portraits. You can view the image of Federal Judge Aronovitz at www.LACfineart.com Go to “IN THE NEWS” to read his biography and press...
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...