Viva – Portrait From Life

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Portland, Maine singer and entertainer, Viva, sat for our Sunday Morning portrait group. This was my first foray back into doing life portraits in full color. I was originally doing them in black and white because we only have 2 and a half hours with our model and color adds a lot of time. I’m happy with the way this one came out though and look forward to using color in the future.

Cecilia

Cecilia watercolor portrait
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8×10 watercolor pencil on Crescent board.

This portrait of Saint Cecilia was painted for an upcoming collaborative show about the stories behind classic songs named for women.

Paul Simon wrote this song over a period of time, first coming up with rhythm, then the guitar part and melody finally the lyrics, which aren’t about anything or anyone in particular but rather a “little piece of magical fluff.”

He did not write the song about anyone specific, but was aware at the time that Cecilia was the Patron Saint of Music. The painting is loosely based upon her iconography.

Delilah

Watercolor portrait of young woman at train station
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8×10 watercolor pencil on Crescent board.

This painting is for a show I’m participating in. The theme is the real women who inspired classic rock songs. This piece is about the woman who inspired the Tom Jones’ hit, Delilah. The original inspiration of the writer was a girl he had a summer fling with when he was 15 years old. At the end of the summer on her way back home she told him she had a boyfriend and their relationship was over. That was the moment I wanted to capture.

House Portrait – Virginia

House Portrait in Watercolor Pencil
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11×14 Watercolor Crayon on Crescent Board.

This painting was commissioned by my client as a gift to her mother who had to move out of their long-time family home. The reference photo I had to work from was taken shortly before the home was torn down.

Reference Photo For House Portrait
Reference Photo For House Portrait

She will love it!

Alicia C.