a collection of the artist's personal experiences connected to art. Visit Nan on Etsy Nannowandnext, Etsy byNanLaCaille, and Zazzle. Like her on Facebook. Browse her Pinterest . You can also follow her on Flickr or Twitter for fun. Take a look at her creative portrait and see some reviews of her work. Commission a portrait for yourself or as a gift for family and friends on birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, or any day. Presently working with watercolor and pencil. Thanks for your support!

A Collaboration: Creating Custom Portraits

Together with Chandler this commissioned portrait is created as a birthday gift for her boyfriend.

When working on custom portraits the client knows the subtleties of the faces I paint. So, I do the best I can to capture the likeness from supplied photos while relying on their keen eyes to catch what I might not see.

Chandler perceives a correction needed to the lip of her boyfriend. In fifteen minutes that tiny adjustment is made and we are good to go!

Please, follow the painting process from the start and see the small change that makes a big difference. Also see if you can spot the three changes made on another portrait.

Print Artist: Jack Pachuta

Strolling an art fair I came upon the prints of Jack Pachuta from Cedarburg, WI. My art teacher friend was inquiring about his printing process. She was very taken by an image of two cranes. Meanwhile I was thumbing through prints off to the side. I found a fun portrait piece! Truly it is my favorite item from the whole art fair.

He told me the print is something he originally created for his personal Christmas cards. I grew to love the art even more. He mentioned that he has made portraits for other seasons as well. Still, I think this one is most special because his lucky friends received it at the end of one year and the anticipation of a new one.

Making cards for the holidays is something I have always wanted to do. However, year after year, it slips my mind when it's down to the time. Will this year be different? I hope. Thanks to Mr. Pachuta for the reminder and the inspiration! This example is a cropped version, see the full version and more artwork at Art Badger.

Grace Portraits: The Personal Touch

Lately, I notice a lot of online portrait artist sites popping up. These range from individuals with a particular style to a collection of artists offering a variety of mediums. Sometimes I recognize fellow artists from Etsy out there. I realize it is good to participate and be seen in multiple places. Not everyone is keen on weeding through the offerings of a craft site. People on Upwork, for example, describe what they are looking for and then wait for artists to send competing proposals. This can be time consuming and overwhelming for both sides, constantly choosing and waiting to be chosen.

Then there is Grace Portraits supporting an American artist network that strives to create a similar desired outcome in graphite. This site with its simplicity, clarity, and small family business warmth grabs my attention the most. So much so that I applied to be part of the team. What luck that they would have me! Now I can tell you even more beyond my first impression.

Ashland's Murals

The city of Ashland is along the Northern shore of Wisconsin hugging Chequamegon Bay which extends into Lake Superior where the popular tourist destination of Apostle Islands can be found. Also just around the corner is Duluth, Minnesota. This is a good little airport to drop down in.

These murals speak of the history of Ashland through the eyes of mural artists Kelly Meredith and Susan Prentice Martinsen. A walk around the area to see its beginnings captured in colorful paintings is well worth the road trip.

The Artist Zack Jack

This series of pencil portraits come from a collaboration with the German musician known as Zack Jack. One portrait is intended for an album cover.

With some variations of fonts and logo placement we came up with a satisfying design. Here I focus on the portrait art and process involved. A minimal rough draft look was desired. 

These four drawings are all done as 11" x 14" with varying degrees of a rough draft quality. This is a size that allows for more detail. It is essentially life-size for a single portrait.