Inner Spirit Portraits can be created from live model or photo or both. In person or on Skype, you will be asked to sit as a model for a minimum of 1/2 hour. During this sitting time, you begin to have the opportunity to open to healing energy. Healing may continue to happen for you at any time that you connect with the energy of the art piece. I will also take at least one photo of you, so that I may continue finishing the piece.
I will take several photos and conduct a short interview when you commission a larger, and/or more complete inner spirit portrait. The portrait process can also be partnered with a Stones of Change reading for more healing and depth. Call to make an appointment to sit for a large portrait or to purchase other commissioned artwork.
Available at Your Event or Party
I am available to do “quick” sketch Inner Spirit portraits (1 hour – 9”x12”) at events and/or parties. These involve a 1/2 hour sitting and a photo, coupled with another 1/2 hour for me to complete the painted sketch. Alternatively, I can take the portrait to my studio to complete. Book me for your event.
Painting an Inner Spirit Portrait – Step by Step
Although I had a reluctant model (she loves being her age, but does not like to look like it), my brush and pencils did not wish to quit. This Spirit Portrait was created as a sample of the process, as I explored the process.
Here’s the process of painting this Inner Spirit portrait layer by layer.
Step 1a – Sketch in watercolor pencil. Sometimes I use prismacolor pencil, or Utrecht/Blick colored pencils. However, the watercolor pencil seems to prove the most flexible and quick on canvas for the portrait work.
Layer 1b – Wet watercolor pencil on face. The time benefit of this pencil is apparent in this layer. I can wash around laying in the basic skin tone at the same time that I start defining the shapes and shadow very quickly.
Layer 2 – Watercolor Pencil. Here, with both pencil and brush in hand, I lay out the basic portrait composition, quickly.
Layer 3 – I lay on broad areas of transparent liquid acrylic, then cover those areas with plastic wrap, while they are still wet.
Layer 4. At this point, I enter a deeper engagement with spirit. There is a lot of joy in the process of finding what/who appears with my colored pencils. Sometimes they are readily visible, other times a bit more reluctant. Always there are surprises, and those who appear for others to discover, not me. I started my art journey drawing. It is my natural go to. It feeds that part of me that loves to do detail and define surfaces.
I also use more very thin washes of the liquid acrylics for defining large shapes and shadowed areas, as well as even more plastic wrap to reveal any additional lurkers willing to be discovered with the pencil.
I keep building up a portrait layer by layer until the painting says it is complete.
Here is the final version of the Spirit Portrait I was working on. I added a few more layers of both transparent watercolor and then also of prismacolor pencil. Then I played a few moments with the new acrylic pen (black paint, as well as another with white paint).
I tried to tone down the hair, however, there was no way that it would have it. Calls um like I sees um, I suppose. It’s not always what I see with the physical eye though. Sometimes energy’s brilliance wins out.