Monday, December 21, 2009

I STILL BELIEVE

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Ok, I admit it.
I Still Believe in Santa Claus

  I love this holiday starting with the tiny colorful lights and special ornaments that I hang on my tree every year! Takes me back to all the years that I would write my list and wait with great anticipation to search for the gift under the tree with my name. My dad still to this day say’s “Hey kid, I heard that the news had spotted Santa’s sleigh on radar". Some of my favorite gifts that I can recall are a Green Inch Worm that I could bounce on and ride, a pull toy Digger the Dog with a cute little red detective looking hat and of course my first bike with training wheels! Not only do I love receiving surprises at Christmastime, I enjoy creating surprises for my family and friends and sharing in their excitement when they open their gifts from me, that’s the  Spirit of Santa Claus that will never end for me.
   But my most endearing memories of this holiday is watching, It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. It’s not Christmas until I see this movie. It brings a smile to my face when I see George and Mary dancing and falling into the school pool underneath the dance floor and it still draws a tear when George realizes Zuu Zuu’s petals were still in his pocket and he starts running down the streets of the town and realizing his wonderful life has returned!
I get my love of movies from my mom and the lesson that this movie brings is one to never be forgotten.
  My dog Gigi was the model for me in this painting near our fireplace. This one was a bit more challenging as she hates to be warm and didn't like the fireplace so I was lucky to capture it in only a few shots. 
  In closing the Spirit of Santa is what inspired my painting above. I hope you like it and hope that it brings the spirit of the season and a twinkle to your eye this Christmas. If your in the holiday spirit please leave a comment!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”   
Melody Beattie
Happy Thanksgiving to You and your Families! Although I won’t be fortunate enough to share this holiday with my own family this year, distance will not diminish my gratefulness for their love and support that I feel every day throughout the year. I feel so grateful to have such loving parents, a brother and sister that are more like best friends to me, fun loving nieces and nephews, friends I can laugh with, a husband who inspires me, a puppy that warms my heart and the blessings of having good health.

  Of course, at times I also experience stress and frustration but after “venting”  I always try to step back and remember the things that I’m grateful for. Feeling gratitude has really balanced me.

  I’m thankful to be able to have such creative software that allows me share my passion for art with you through my blog here and am thankful to all of you (my subscribers) who support me. I hope that my posts lift your spirits on those moments that aren’t as happy as others and I hope that you have so much to be thankful for this holiday season too! Share with me what you're grateful for this Thanksgiving in my comments below!

Monday, October 26, 2009

SOFIA "SOCKS" IT

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This is my final in this series of three siblings' sports paintings. Sofia is 7 yrs old, the character of the family and is a big ham when it comes to getting her photos taken! Each one of these kids really make it a joy to photograph. Sofia was searching the camera out on this day to try and find me because she had seen what had turned out from her brother and sister's shoots. She was anxious to get her own and I'm so glad. Although I have to say these vibrant bright/yellow green jerseys fits the team name (Fireflies) and was a challenge to shoot and paint. I had to take several "eye" breaks from painting! It was so cool to capture this image as she was bumping the ball off her knee. She looks real pro, doesn't she? The background was too busy and was too much of a distractiion so I decided to simplify it to focus totally on her. I've had alot of fun painting these and have enjoyed going to the games to watch the kids play. Thanks Gianna, Guy and Sofia. I hope you enjoy your new posters for your room! Remember you can view the images larger if you click on them and please feel free to leave me comments. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

GUY IN MOTION!



This is the second in my series of sports paintings that I will print into 20x30 posters for each one of the siblings. This photo painting is of Guy, Gianna's older brother playing flag football. He is an awesome runner and can really make some moves on the field! I took the original photo his recent flag football game, and yes, his team WON! I really liked painting this one and adding a sense of speed to the colorful background and to his clothing with some interesting brush strokes, then I used a filter after I painted it to give it more depth, color and contrast so it would add to the sports action. He and his sisters Gianna and Sophia are the happiest, well raised kids I have known. They are always smiling and always polite and full of childhood laughter. I'm proud to call their parents, Ed and Julie, my friends. Ralph and I appreciate sharing the fun of capturing your children as they grow up. Remember as always I love getting comments so don't "PASS" up this opportunity to leave one now. Thanks!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

GIANNA GOES FOR THE GOAL!!




"I hope all you young girls see yourself up there,...We were just like you" - Mia Hamm
These 5 yr old girls are in it to win it! I have been fortunate enough to be able to photograph this young girl Gianna since she was an infant. Time really does fly. It's amazing to watch this ordinarily shy girl turn into a real competitive go-getter on the soccer field. She has her "own style" as you can see in the positioning of her left hand, she has her own "Michael Jordan" move. It must work, becuase she has scored goals for her team! I love this photo becuase it really highlights all of those characteristics and of course that beautiful, long blond mane of hair flowing in the wind! I wanted to minimize the distractions from the original photo so i cropped the other players out for this particular painting. Later I will do more of a team action painting.  I then hand painted the entire image and boosted the color.  I set this up for printing to a 20x30 poster for her room and added her name using Adobe CS4. Her brother and sister are the next two in my series of sports paintings. Reminder: I get a "kick" seeing your comments. Just click comments below and choose name/url and type in your name. Click on the images to view them larger.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Roscoe

  It's amazing who you will meet on the streets of your own neighborhood. While taking my own dog Gigi out for a walk, I saw this gregarious 2 yr old, English Bulldog Roscoe and his owner (Brian) who was in tow in the middle of the street. Immediatly, I thought "I have to paint that dog!" He's too cool! We scheduled a photo shoot and Brian and his wife Sarah were very friendly and helpful in trying to calm Roscoe long enough for us to capture his true outgoing personality. Roscoe was so excited,  it was as if he knew he was going to be featured on my blog! Can you blame him??? I chose this image becuase it looked like he was ready to leap off the canvas. I wanted to keep the background soft and less detailed so the focus would be concentrated on his eyes and the texture around his face. Finally, by adjusting the lighting I felt Roscoe's 10 minutes of fame was ready to begin! Remember, I love seeing your comments posted....please don't make me beg. Just click on comments below this image; type in your comment and choose name/url and just type in your name.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

PEACHES

You were expecting to see a bushel of peaches painted, weren't you??? Well surprise, this is Cheeky's sister (obviously from a different mother) I just can't help but smile when i look at her through the next door she is ALWAYS ready to play ball and I rarely see her tail stop wagging. I loved adding the long, long whiskers she has and warming up the background to enhance her pefectly spotted coloring. I am really enjoying painting the dogs and I've come across many quotes that ring so true. I wanted to share this one with you:
 "The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals."
I hope you are enjoying seeing these precious souls and may they bring a smile to your face today!  Remember I would probably "roll over" if you leave comment below, just click on comments and choose name/url and type in your name. Never mind the URL part.

Monday, August 24, 2009

FALL IN LOVE

This 16x20 canvas artwork started as a photograph taken by Madeleine Wolf of Josh and Lani to celebrate their engagement. Loni's aunt Wanda Walsh requested that I create an artwork of one of several photos that were taken this same day. I chose this image becuase I'm a sucker for warm fall colors. As you can see the cars, people, wires and dead tree were all removed from the image as well as creating closed blinds for all the windows. I chose to add a an old fashioned bicycle with a basket and at Wanda's request I created a chalk board outside the restaurant that included Josh and Lani's names in a heart and a beautiful fall tree. Stores were meant to stay simple so that the focus would be kept on them.
Wanda's response to me was "You did an amazing job with this picture. The colors were vivid and had great depth. I really appreciate the time you took to remove the unnecessary objects which drew us to the subject - the couple in love. My niece was speechless when I gave her that beautiful work of art that will live on forever. It really captures "their moment". The end result was more than I expected."
Hearing feedback like this always inspires me to continue following my dream, becuase I truly believe we can all make a living doing something we love. I love creating personal artwork that means something and has a story to tell.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

PICKING POPPIES


A true "pop" of color in this one! My husband and I visit this beautiful California Poppy Reserve every spring here in Lancaster, California. It's always an exciting drive getting there becuase you can see the overwhelming color from several miles away before reaching the hillside covered with millions of these delicate vibrant orange poppies. The orange is so bright you even have to wear your sunglasses! I captured this little girl wading knee-high through the dense sea of poppies . If you look closely you will see I added some poppies in her hand becuase I could just imagine her wanting to pick a handful, but it is forbidden in the Poppy Reserve. I needed a break from some more serious photo paintings that you will see very soon and this one just took me away! I love getting comments so click on the link below and share your thoughts.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

CAN I HAVE A HUG?


I couldn't help but to capture this moment as she looked so sad. From the time Gigi started sitting on her favorite chair I invisioned the painterly image i created above. She is so quirky that she doesn't like sitting on the carpet! I loved adding lots of texture and some color to make it "pop." When you enlarge the photo you will see that I added texture in the denim chair and created a more painterly framing style. She really is a happy dog, but you wouldn't know it in this picture! Throw me a bone and ..click on comments below and just choose name/url and type in your name! Thanks for looking.


Monday, July 13, 2009

TREASURE HUNT


You know when a child says "Can we stay longer" that he is really enjoying playing in the sand. This photo shoot was alot of fun! Derrick was enjoying the great sunset while trying to find "just the right" shell!
I love capturing the natural unposed moments in life. To me that is what a photographic memory is all about and what inspires me to create it into a piece of art on canvas!
I warmed up the image and worked to bring out all the colors that the sunset gave me that day, so many beautiful tones of blue and warm colors makes this one of my favorites! While your surfing my blog, leave a comment or two! Just click the icon below each image and choose name/url.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

SURF CITY


Well this one is for the guys! This painting is of the a car I photographed at the beach. I adjusted it and added the clouds background and tried something different and fun!

Enjoy!


Saturday, March 14, 2009

BLOW ME AWAY

I just finished another work of art. Isn't this little girl adorable? I just loved the wind blown look! Trying a different style here. Hope you like it. Look for more coming soon. I've got alot of inspiration to work with and am anxious to show you more new things!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

THANK YOU FOR SUBSCRIBING AND SUPPORTING MY ART!

I want to thank all of you that have subscribed to my blog so far! It’s exciting to see the number of fans and subscribers going up.
Be sure to let all of you friends know about my creative photo art. This will be a fun journey and I look forward to sharing my growth with all of you!
Andrea Auletta