Friday, April 17, 2009

fab friday - "best face forward"

Today is fab friday (blame it all on Seleta) and it is all "about face" - I did this portrait several years ago of my son.  Fond memories of the ferry ride to Block Island and always coming home with a new cap or a t-shirt.  Idyllic days spent riding bikes, sleeping late, walks on the beach, eating clam chowder, lobster, Payne's Dock doughnuts, flying kites, skipping rocks, meeting friends, and just slowing down our pace and enjoying a simple life.  
There is something special about the ferry - the lull of the engine, the waves, and the salty air.
It is a treat for all senses.  In this portrait, I think I captured the happiness of my son and how much it meant  - to him to go to Block Island.
  
I would love to capture a face for you in a portrait.  Simply leave me a comment and I will randomly select (through random number selector) a winner.  I think part of why I love capturing  a face is the emotion.  The winner will be contacted and asked to e-mail me a favorite photo of their favorite face.  There is also something very soothing about working in prismacolor pencils.   Although this style is more realistic, I enjoy a variety of styles along with many faces. Do you have a favorite (one) face that you would like for me to capture in a portrait? 
(Comments entered by Sunday, April 19th til mid-night -Eastern Standard Time.)
Winner announced Monday here!)

42 comments:

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

I hope Mr. Random picks #1! Would love a beautiful drawing of my girls together. (And I'm now dreaming of going to see my dad on the inter-coastal where the sounds of the waves hitting the piers lulls us to sleep at night.)

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

THIS IS DEFINITELY FAB!
Ooohhh, a favourite Face...that's a very hard decision to make...you said one face, so it couldn't be both my girls...I have a wonderful picture of my Mum, I think yes, it would be of my Mum...she's such a special person who has ALWAYS been there to support me in what I do.
Love her lots!
Crossing fingers and toes... :-)
Char.

Susan said...

We have a new grandson--and his face is wonderful. I can't tell you how many favorite photos I have of him--and he is only 10 weeks old!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

This is such a charming painting of your son! I can see the happiness on his face quite clearly.

gina said...

What a fun memory captured forever of your son and Block Island -

I would have you draw my husband's face - He is still a mystery to me after 16 years - the lines, thoughts and meaning behind every facial expression he makes. I'm constantly trying to interpret...

Brillante Home Decor said...

Pick me, pick me...
I love your drawings.

Colleen said...

I enjoy your blog immensely! It would be grand to win a drawing - you're very talented.

Karena said...

How exciting! I would love to have a portrait of Isabella & Miss Belle together!

NEALLOUD said...

love the sweet not yet a teen face- my Ned is right there ( love the pencil v soothing and crisp)

Kim said...

I have a picture of my girls in matching sailor dresses that I would love you to draw. Thanks for all you do to inspire others!

Debra said...

I have a special little someone sitting on my lap {while I write...} that would make a lovely little model for your portrait.
We have to go by ferry to many of the islands here in Maine. I never want the ride to end... much like this visit we're having.

Purple Flowers said...

You are very kind and generous to offer your artistic talents. Have a great weekend!

ALL THE BEST said...

So sweet and I love the shades of blue! Happy Friday!

bluehydrangea said...

Oh what talent!! I would love to have a drawing of my little Butterball!! Love your blog!

heidi said...

Fab indeed! I miss Block!
Have a great weekend, & don't forget to get me Ernie info for her card.
-xoh

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

That would be the very happy and fun-loving face of my crazy, but hard-working son with red hair. I'm in!

Emily said...

I'm longing for the NE coast right now and all the things you described! One of my favorite faces from a photo is of my son. Have a great fab friday!!!

Deidra said...

I really enjoy it when you share your artwork with us here. You are so very talented! Your winner will be quite lucky indeed!

g. said...

What a generous and exciting idea. An image of my kiddies(How original, I know)always makes the hair on my arms tingle. There are never enough ways or days to stare and them, especially now that they are getting so old and do not like being stared at! Time goes so fast. But not with art. It stands still.

jae said...

a portrait! i was just discussing with my very talented artist friend yesterday, how difficult portraits are (see I know who to hang out with)...this one of your son is really magical and special...nice work, as always.

tarheel said...

wow- what a generous offer! As I too have three kids, I'd have to decide which precious face to pick...hope I have to make the choice!

Kwana said...

I know that face so well. So handsome and grown up now. Way too fast if you ask me. I love this portrait.

littlebyrd said...

First of all - This picture is wonderful and sweet and Block Island sounds amazing! A favorite face? Yes, my little Oliver's, of course!! Have a great weekend.

Evy said...

I can relate with your feelings towards the sea! And being able to paint and capture the mood of someone is incredible talent.

CashmereLibrarian said...

So beautiful.

Ellen Gerstein said...

No question - my son! He's not terrifically verbal (being 2.5 years old) but he says everything he needs to through his smiles.

holly goes lightly said...

oooo PVE, would love one of your fabulous sketches of Bailey the Wonder Dog!!!

margo said...

The portrait brings a smile to my face just thinking about Block Island...summer come soon!

Christine said...

This is fabulous! This is a very hard decision, I would either pick my husband, my mother or my brother. I would have to think about it a little more. I hope Mr. Random picks me and I get to make that decision! I hope you have a fab weekend!

Kotori said...

What a fabulous giveaway! To have to pick on favorite face would be hard, but I'd be willing to try!

Your art is beautiful, as always.

Susan said...

Absolutely! Your work is divine and I can only cross my fingers that I will win. Absolutely Fab! One face - wow - I would have to do a picture of my Nana from long ago - or do I do my husband's father? Tough call!

C.T. said...

Great, I'm late! How generous of you indeed! Love the idea and I am so curious about the result. You're really sharing you godgiven talent and thàt's the most beautiful thing a person can do. Thx for the sharing!

A Day That is Dessert said...

You've captured such a sweet moment with your son! Happy Friday, Patricia!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Amazing!!!! What can't you do? I swear you are amazing at everything. That drawing is beautiful!

I guess if I were picked I would have to be vain and say I want a picture of me and my hubby!

Sweet Nothings said...

oh how fun! how great would it be if we won, and a fabulous pic of Sara and myself!!


happy weekend!

pam said...

how fabulous! what a nice complement to seleta's fabulous friday! do you do dogs?? the cutest face (well, the cutest with the floppiest ears) in our nest belongs to our brittany spaniel, pixel. would love to have a drawing of her. have a great weekend! pam

Drawn In Chalk said...

Wow I just came accross your blog, your work is lovely and I would love to be in draw for a portrait!

Darby said...

Oh I would love, love, love to win... I hope I'm not too late!!!!!!! I'd have to let you choose from my three little faces!

La Maison Fou said...

What a handsome young man!
Happy Friday to you!
Leslie

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

I can't believe how talented you are! Your prose is pitch-perfect, you have a singular voice and are a wonderful artist to boot. My fingers are crossed...xx!

Live In Full Color said...

Your son is too cute! How could I pick just one face....wait, I think I know... hope I'm no too late for the random pick!!!!

elle said...

What a great drawing of your son! You are truly such a talented artist.