Saturday, January 23, 2010

Commissioned Portrait

Here it is, my commissioned portrait for the lovely Theresa of Faerie Moon Creations. It's the first time (except for painting Daniel and me once) that I tried to paint a likeness of someone. Even for my previous commission for Joanne, I only had a photo of her cat, Zigsa, but painted the woman from my imagination. It's also only the second time I've painted a woman with a big smile.

So, I am very proud that this turned out so well and that Theresa loves it. It's going to be a gift for her husband, so, shhhhhhh, don't mention it in comments on her blog...

I've been painting and painting this week and have all but finished the large piece I was working on. I'll be posting that tomorrow!!

I hope to make the rounds to all your blogs this weekend. I've missed seeing what you all have been up to!!


  1. So lovely! I'm amazed at the likeness! I love the colors, her smile, and the glow surrounding her. Wonderful and beautiful, Silke!

    Have a fantastic weekend! :)

  2. Congrats, Silke! This is a very happy painting! I've no doubt that Theresa is pleased. And what a wonderful gift it will make for her husband. Well done, you!

    Stop by my photo site for new pictures of the Maine Coast: The newest album is Quiet Winter Beauty.

  3. Ah good!!! You're happy, she's happy and life goes forward to what you are painting for YOU!!
    I would say that it's happy-time! :)
    I'm hoping for a smidge of studio time today....we'll see.


  4. i'm forever inspired by your willingness to try new things!! you did a fabulous job on this painting, and i know that her husband will treasure it!!! :))

  5. Wow! It looks just like her! Beautiful portrait.

  6. Well done Silke! how beautiful the big smile is, what a special gift this will make.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend, doing all the things you love.
    ♥ lori

  7. Silke, what an beautiful big smile. I shy away from teeth and smiles, you have embraced it and such a great smile.
    Love her side turning view and her hair.
    This is going to be a wonderful suprise.
    Thank you Silke for your lovely comment, so nice to hear from you always.
    I still wear your scarf everyday when I go out. Been keeping me lovely and warm.
    Have an awesome weekend!



  8. Wonderful work, Silke! Just amazing!

  9. Wonderful work Silke. What a great surprise. Have a great weekend.!

  10. B-UUUUUUU-TI-FUL!!!!!
    wonderful gift!

    hope you are having a fabulous weekend!


  11. Her smile is very contagious! You are such a Modigliani. I love your choice of bright colors. I cannot paint portraits. I can't even paint myself. I am drawing trees today. Have a great weekend Silke.

  12. What a beautiful portrait. For a beautiful woman. Well done you!

    I am well Silke, a little water logged but well.
    Thank you so much for stopping by.
    I am trying to catch up with a my visiting and kind of very far behind.
    Love and hugs.

  13. oh wow Silke!!! what a wonderful piece!!! Congrats on creating a custom much fun to do isn't it!!!

    Thank you for always being so sweet too!!!

  14. Congrats Silke!!! It is a wonderful piece and I'm sure her husband will be thrilled!!

  15. This painting is lovely Silke - it has such a carefree, happy feel about it - the colours are wonderful too - WELL DONE my friend!

  16. Darling painting! It looks so much like her. I just posted my self portrait in the making, so nerv racking to do someone else. My next project is a commissioned mother and son that I've been working on for a month. You made me feel like I can jump in and just go for it!!

  17. I adored your portrait of Jo May and Zigsa and this one of Theresa is also fabulous. Wonderful work, Silke. You're a star. x

  18. somebody is going to be very happy when this package arrives at the front door. theresa's eyes and smile twinkle.


  19. Thank you all for your great comments!! I was nervous painting this one and I am so pleased that it looks as good as it does. Theresa has such a beautiful face that I wanted to do it justice... You all are wonderful!! Love, Silke

  20. Wow, Silke, there is such energy in this portrait. Beautiful smile! I cannot help but feel happy when I gaze upon it. YAY!

  21. Why was I not aware of yor blog before? Life is full of mysteries...
    I love the trials and tribulations of artistic endeavour. It makes me feel right at home and not such a dunce after all.

    Thank you dear Silke for your gentle thughts and support. At the moment I can use all the help I can get. I have jornied to the pearlygates a number of times before and been rather firmly sent back, but one never knows, sometime they will open wide.

    Love Arija

    PS Ich liebe Deinen Waeschesack!

  22. Silke, I APOLOGIZE. I missed this post entirely and was told of it by dear Marie! Another new friend we have in common! Thanks for immortalizing me in paint and thanks to everyone for your lovely comments (I'm happy I didn't frighten any of you!!!). I found the loveliest vintage-style frame for the painting this weekend and in the frame it is. I am positive my husband will love it. :)
    Thank you again, Silke, you are a DEAR friend!!! Theresa :)