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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8 comments:

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Ralph said...

Once again, your passion for painting has shown through in your very detailed work. Great choices on keeping the background simple yet real. Awesome job!

eamckinley said...

Oh Andrea, I think this is one of my favorites! I can't wait for you to do one for my family.

Danielle Ervin said...

Wow...that one is amazing :) Think it is one of my favs

LMG said...

I am the blushing bride-to-be who received this gift and just cannot even express how amazing this painting came out! You are truly talented Andrea :) Thank you so much --

... and thanks to my awesome cousin for taking such a great picture and my Aunt Wanda who truly gave me the most thoughtful gift I've ever received. Love you both! XOXO Lani

Karen Auletta said...

Andrea, again you've done such a beautiful painting. I'd love you to do one of all of us together like the one from Thanksgiving at Shawn's. Maybe you could add Mom in somehow. Let me know what you think. Love u!

Linda Bell said...

Beautiful! I love how you added elements that weren't in the original photo, such as the foliage on the trees, the bike, the chalk board, etc. What a wonderful gift for this couple. They will cherish it always. And their children/grandchildren will cherish it even more. You're a true artist! :)

Anonymous said...

"Very groovy baby"