Thursday, April 8, 2010

Inspiration for a painted portrait...

When I saw this beautiful Polaroid snapshot, I immediately thought of the compositions created by one of my favorite artists Kenton Nelson.


Polka Dot Bathing Suit Polaroid Snapshot
Melanie on Vacation


Food Service - 2007 Oil on Canvas
Painting by Kenton Nelson


Depending on the ice chest 2005 Oil on Canvas
Painting by Kenton Nelson


Painting by Kenton Nelson

After going back and forth to "Caribbean Colors are my Fav" to view Melanie's portrait, and debating whether or not it would be creepy to ask to paint her delightful image, I finally bit the proverbial bullet and sent an e-mail, through her "You are my Fav" blog . I hesitantly asked Melanie's permission to create a painting combining her image, my painting style and the compositional style of Kenton- and she graciously agreed :) Yeah!!!!.

So ~ Here is my finished painting ~

Polka Dot Cruise Acrylic on Canvas

And here are the Before and After images side by side.
Thanks Melanie for your inspiring photograph and for not thinking I was just a crazy "blog stalker'!

For more information on any of the images listed above, click here: Magic Markings Art

I love painting vintage style beach pictures, if you have any images you would like to share, please feel free to contact me as I'm always looking for fun nostalgic portraits to paint. Or if you're interested, I would love to create a special, custom painting just for you!


  1. I'm so happy I could be a part of this and what a lovely finished painting. Thank you


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