Time Savor Portraits

A photograph stops time. A portrait savors it.


My newest art endeavors and news for my commissioned portrait business, TIme Savor Portraits.  

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Oh, the cuteness!

Posted by [email protected] on January 23, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I had the privilege of meeting Judah's parents through our church and home fellowship group. Judah has so much spunky energy and his smile is infectious!  I was so excited when his mom asked me to do a portrait of him for his dad for Christmas.  I have to be honest....I was worried I couldn't capture all the cuteness on a single sheet of paper!  

Here was the photo I used:

The one thing I wanted to change was where Judah was looking.  One rule of portraiture is when you have someone looking away from the camera, you have to leave room on the paper for where they are looking...  just like if you were to take a picture of someone running, you wouldn't cut the photo off at the subject matter; there needs to be some visual space for the subject to go. 

The same rule applies when a subject is starring into the distance.  You need visual space to make the composition appealing.  So *bibbity bobbity boo* I made Judah's eyes gaze more towards the camera so I could fill the picture plane with more of him and have no need to have space for where he was looking. 

And here's the final drawing! 

You're smiling, right?  See, Judah?  Your smile IS contagious!  I hope everyone who looks at your portrait can be as happy as you are! 

The Paper Anniversary

Posted by [email protected] on December 3, 2011 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (1)

I have two life lists.  One for myself (swim with dolphins, ride on a hot air balloon, take my kids to Disney World, etc......) and one filled with goals that I want to see my friends and family accomplish.  Seeing one of my best friends fall in love and marry a wonderful man was definitely close to the top of that list!  

Chrissy and I have been friends since we went to pre-school together when we were four.  She was in both of my sisters' weddings as a bridesmaid, and my maid of honor.  I was SO excited when I got to be her matron of honor this past December.  For her belated wedding present, I wanted to draw a wedding portrait for her to give to her husband on thier first anniversary because it is the paper anniversary!  

I sat down with Chrissy a few months ago with her wedding album and we looked over photographs that she loved.  We decided to combine a few photos- one of her, one of her husband, Eric, and one of the flowers.  She chose a black and white style with colored highlights to draw attention to her beautiful roses.


I absolutely love the looks on their faces.  You can just tell they adore eachother!


...And here's the finished drawing! 

Thinking about what to give your honey for an anniversary or Valentine's Day gift?  The thing I love about doing a couple's portrait  is I can take the best pieces of your wedding photographs and combine them into one that will adorn your home.  I hope that it will always remind you of the love you shared on your special day!  

I also offer gift certificates.  If you're a guest at a wedding, you can give the happy couple a portrait of them looking their best on their special day!  I'll work closely with the couple to ensure they will love their portrait almost as much as they love eachother.  ;)

2 Announcements!

Posted by [email protected] on October 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been keeping myself pretty busy these days working through commissions.  Unfortunately, I can't share most of them because they are Christmas gifts, and I don't want to spill the beans for anyone. :)  But I can share some exciting news with you.  

First.... I've finally finished setting up my studio/guest room.  I've set up studio spaces in my house before, but they have always turned into clutter-catchers.  This is the first stage in my life that I really need a space to put my art things so no two year old can practice her artistic endeavors with them.  I hope it stays as nice as it is right now.  I really love it and I'm excited to have a space that's just for drawing.    

My project board is filled with commissions, but photos have been blurred to protect those who may want to sneak a peek on their Christmas gifts ;)

And, I still have a guest room area set up for friends who would like to stop by.  Maybe I still need to declutter a bit before they come...

I think my favorite thing about my studio is this window.  My house was built in 1857 and is full of "character" and random windows in between rooms...a benefit of many additions put on through the years.  Now I can sit and work at my table and watch my own little budding artist in her "studio."

And secondly...  

I've listed my work on etsy! 

You can check out my shop HERE.  

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy fall.  Can you believe there are only 7 more shopping weeks until Christmas?!?!  If you're still looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love, I' would be honored to help you out and add your special project to my board!  :)

Savoring time together: J and M

Posted by [email protected] on September 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (2)

I am thrilled to finally be able to share my first commission with you!  

The client shared with me that she was looking for a perfect present for her sister-in-law's birthday and was so excited to come across the idea of a portrait!  Her sister-in-law is expecting her second baby on the birthday of her first daughter, and is trying to savor all the time she has with her little baby girl until the house is filled with even more chaos!  She gave me plenty of photos to choose from, but I fell in love with this pose:  

I just loved the chubby toes and J's hands holding onto her baby girl, M.  The client said that her sister in law hates how she looks pregnant, (I think she looks great!) but she wanted the picture of her to be from her pre-baby days. 

She also gave me lots of adorable photos of M to choose from, but I loved this face.  


The 11 x 14 portrait was done in a sepia style using white, burnt umber, and sepia Prismacolor pencils.  I am in love with how the portrait came out!


I hope that J will love her portrait and will help her to savor the time she has with her adorable daughter!  

I am delighted that orders are pouring in, and I'm beginning to think that I need to budget my time well for my big Christmas deadline!  If you're thinking of commissioning a portrait for Christmas, let me know, and I would love to start sharing ideas of how I can make the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love!  

Time to get out the pencils

Posted by [email protected] on August 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (1)

I'm so excited to start this new adventure as a professional portrait artist to others outside of my inner circle of friends and family members. I've been drawing faces for years. I think I was the only 14 year old that subscribed to Parents magazine...just so I could use the photos of moms and babies to copy. :)Since then, I've done plenty of portraits for friends and family as gifts for weddings, new babies, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas gifts, and Mother's and Father's day presents. I've done a good number of commissions through the years too...but finally having a website makes me feel so "official."

I'm planning to use this blog to post about my future commissions and projects, and I hope that you will check back often to see what I'm up to! It will be interesting to see how much work I will be able to accomplish if nap time for my almost-2 year old and 6 week old ever collides with sudden bursts of energy from this sleep-deprived mama! 

Pencils are sharpened!  I can't wait to get started.