I live in Queens but I spend so much time in Brooklyn, people that I see there regularly think I live there. You just can’t help it; Brooklyn is magnetic. The people are friendly, the brownstones are majestic, and the vibe is contagious. My friend Elle loves it too and even though she lives in Atlanta, she makes yearly pilgrimages to this sacred borough, most especially Ft. Greene,to soak up it’s essence.
Elle loves Brooklyn so much that she commissioned me to do a “Tour Through Brooklyn” which included all of her favorite haunts through Ft. Greene, which ultimately became a postcard set that she’s arranging for her home I wanted to share her commission along with a few other shots that I threw in just for kicks.If you have a photo commission that you’d like me to photograph, email me at email@example.com and we’ll talk!
You can see the embedded slideshow below or visit it in all of its splendor via my Flickr page.
My mom just emailed me a picture she took of a photograph that she commissioned for her living room. I guess this explains where my love of clouds comes from.
The funny anecdote behind this commission is, years ago, my mom wanted my sister and I to paint her a picture of some clouds against a blue sky. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift that she had been hounding us for for years. Since we both happened to be home at the same time, she finally managed to corner get us to get this giant canvas and paint this “ethereal” image with acrylic paint.
It did not go well.
My sister and I draw in different styles and neither one of us were in the position to paint beautiful, transparent clouds with acrylic. It was an exercise in coordination and ultimately, futility. Unfortunately, the cloud commission got shelved in the basement (where it still may be residing in some musty corner somewhere) until a later time. Luckily, when I went home this past summer for some vacation time, I had my trusty Lulu with me and she was able to get the clouds that my mom wanted. She was able to blow them up on canvas and frame them to hang in the living room. I’m so happy with the way the photograph turned out; it actually looks like a window to a beautiful summery day (and considering that my mom is in Michigan, she can use all the sunniness that she can get).
Argh! This past weekend I went to Baltimore to attend my friend Pooja’s baby shower. As a gift, I did a painting especially for her soon-to-be-born daughter. Unfortunately, in my haste and absent-mindedness, I forgot to actually photograph the it to share with you all. Well, actually, I did photograph the piece but with my camera phone to send to my friend. I could upload it here but it would look fuzzy and crappy and would not do it justice. But, have no fear, pictures are a-coming from the nursery itself. In the meantime, I will share with you a similar painting that a co-worker commissioned for her son’s birthday several months ago. As with Pooja’s daughter’s name, I incorporated the name into the actual painting itself, trying to make it subtly personalized without beating someone over the head with the name. I love personalizing cards and paintings with people’s name, so if you’d like to see your name or a special someone’s done up all nice and artsy, please shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop me a note via the Contact Box on my blog.
….Or is it the weary? Whatever the case, I’m beginning to really wish someone could clone me so I could get more stuff done, or at least find a way to an extra six hours in the day. Not that I’m complaining; I’m keeping busy with a lot of exciting creative endeavors and projects that are allowing me to branch out. One of the more recent ones that I recently finished was designing a Thank-You card for my friends Kelly and Charles’ wedding. They were the ones that got married in the stunning Palmer House Hilton. Anyway, the lovely couple asked me if I would be able to design something to express their appreciation for people who took the time out to share in their special event. I wanted to do something classy, in the spirit of the beautiful surroundings of their ceremony but yet do an abstraction that was very personal to them:
I placed their initials within he petals beyond the heart of the design that says “Thank You” and put their last name on the outer-perimeter. Can you see them? I really like incorporating lettering into the art to the point that it’s a teaser for the viewer to try and find it within the design (I’m kind of a closet typographer).