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Renoir Style Portrait

Monday, May 12, 2014

Here's how... 


My 7 year anniversary is coming up in a month, so I wanted to do somethingextra special for Andy this year, and surprise him with a painted portrait of us (this may seem like a lame gift, but he has actually mentioned wanting this for quite a while). 

So I did a little research and found a company online, who paints oil portraits from a photo you send in (pretty sweet!). After emailing back and forth a little bit, I decided the price was right (only $280 dollars for a 26 x 29 painting!!!), and I went forward with the portrait planning

I use the word planning, because this portrait couldn't be just any portrait. I needed it to look like an amazing piece of art that I would actually be proud to hang in my home. 

My favorite artist is Renoir (because I love tons of color, blurriness, and whimsy), so this was my first obstacle. Having the company paint our portrait in the style of Renoir.

Renoir painting

The second obstacle, was providing a picture for them to paint from. I didn't have any artistic photos of Andy and I, so I decided to try and piece one together (and this is where things get fun!).

I sent them a photo of me from an amateur photo shoot, and I sent them a picture of Andy's face from our proposal night. 

Picture of me...

Picture of Andy's face (this was my chunky stage...)

But I couldn't just have Andy's head floating in the air... (too modern, hahaha). So I also sent them a picture of this guy (pictured below), who happens to be wearing Leonardo DiCaprio's suit from the Great Gatsby movie (eeeeexcellent).



The last thing I needed was a background, so I thought "why not use one I already loved?" This Renoir painting was perfect for completing my pretty picture :)

(These colors match our home perfectly!)

Once all pictures were sent in, the company worked their Photo shop magic, and after multiple emails, we finally came up with a picture to paint from! (WAHOOOOO!!!)

Photo shop draft (impressive huh?) 

And then the waiting began.....but I didn't have to wait for long! One month later, I got my first glimpse of the portrait...

First draft of actual painting

Not bad! But Andy's head looked a little small, and overall, the painting just wasn't messy or colorful enough. So I circled everything that needed changing, and the artist went back to work.

my circled changes

And when the improved painting came back, I was overjoyed! (Like, to the point of happy tears :)

 

See how much messier and more colorful it became?

Here's a picture of the first version and the final version side by side. It's a bit difficult to see all of the changes that were made, but you get the idea ;)


So the only thing left to do now, is to have it framed! The company also offers a framing service, but I opted out of this because I want a pretty french antique one!!! (shocking).


Something like this...

And now back to why I screwed up. 

You see, I'm teeeeeerrible at gift giving. I get so excited for a person to receive a gift, that I usually end up giving the gift way too early, or I'll end up telling the person what the gift is before it arrives. So this time, I was determined to notruin the surprise.


But... I failed


My laptop is broken, so I was using Andy's computer to write this post (when it was a draft). I swear, I closed every window involving this painting. I even deleted the download history for the day, but alas, the portrait was still somehow hidden behind the Internet browser, and when Andy came home, he immediately closed the browser and there was the portrait. 


Damn.  


I ugly cried, so hard. I had this whole "portrait revealing" scenario in my head, and I blew it. UGH!!!!


Oh well (sigh). The bright side of my blunder is that I get to post this blog early for you guys!!! (that is a bright side, right?... Hello???...


So if you would like to have an amazing portrait painted at an awesome price, I would definitely recommend using the company, Amazing Custom art. They respond to emails quickly and work really hard to make your portrait perfecto :)


Happy Tuesday guys! Love y'all!


(And because I have been drinking a lot of wine while I write this, it must be true ;)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Art-tastic Update

 
Woo woo wooo WOOOOO!!!! Did everyone have a fantastic 4th of July weekend?! I've got to say, all those Facebook pics of BBQ's and swimming reallyhad me missing home a bit! I did try to be patriotic over here...

throwing a July 4th outfit together

But they just thought I was supporting the French soccer team instead of celebrating the States...(soccer who?)


Anyways, on to today's post because I'm so freaking excited to show you our framed art piece! You know, the portrait I had painted of me and Andy? Well if you don't remember, you can read "Art-tastic" first, and then come back :)

When we left off last time, our portrait had been completed but it still did not have a frame. I knew I wanted something ornate, but ornate can cost a ton of moolah (whomp whomp). So my only option was to find an antique frame with the dimensions of our painting....but this turned out being easier said than done (grrrrrrr).

I scoured eBay and a few markets here in Brussels, but not one frame had the correct measurements (Apparently a 26" x 29" inset is uncommon???) Well, let's just say it was getting pretty frustrating until one finally popped up on Etsy (oh thank you Lord!) and I bought it immediately! The Shipping to Brussels was ridiculous, but I needed that frame. INeeded. it.

The Etsy Frame (yaaaaaay!!!!)
Look at all the lovely details!

The moment it came in, I set to work framing our painting. Now normally I would have a professional do this, but I'm in a slight (major) hurry. You see, we have people coming this weekend to film our apartment, and it needs to be looking complete, like NOW

But after searching frantically for my upholstery staple gun (where IS it!!!), I simply taped the canvas right on to the frame. I'm sure that's what all professionals would do... right? 

Canvas taped to frame with black electrical tape
 Not too shabby.

I then hung it on the wall aaaand....
was completely UNDERWHELMED (craaaaaaaap!!!).

UGH! The frame was just too gold and dated looking for my current interior style. I swear it didn't look that gold when I bought it, but oh well. I couldn't waste any time being upset about it (what's the point?) so I immediately decided to paint the thing. 

Note: One should really remove the painting BEFORE painting the frame...but there was no way I was un-taping all of my hard work, so I covered it with plastic trash bags and was extra careful :)

Two coats of aqua paint later.... (leftover from painting the walls of the apartment...)
 and it became tres magnifique!

As you can see, I left the gold accents, carefully painting around them. I think it adds character :)

And Voila!
Now tell me that's not better? I think it looks a little more modern this way, and it really makes the painting pop, which is what you want a frame to do in the first place!

We had the big reveal yesterday, just in time for Andy's Birthday celebration! It was supposed to be an anniversary gift, but ah well. He loves it and that makes me super happy!!!

The end :)
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