Taratories Blog

Little Luv Bugs

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a pair of commissioned portraits for someone of her two daughters.  The person that had me do the portraits is the photographer of Luv Bug Photography .  What a gift it was to have gorgeous photos to work with!  The reason I changed the flowers on this photo was to coordinate with a family picture of theirs.  


The reason I changed the flowers on this photo was to coordinate with a family picture of theirs.  Here is a look into the different stages that this painting went through...


The second photo was just as dreamy as the first and really portrayed the true essence of childhood. 

I contemplated how I was going to paint her straw hat, and keeping the color of the canvas as the main color was my solution. I just added the shadows and highlights to it with paint and pencil.

I had a variety of ideas of how I was going to incorporate designs into this one, but I just felt that any designs added was going to take away from all that was going on.  I decided to just add some gold dots on some of the leaves to give the painting a little extra something and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Sometimes less is more.  


I had the pleasure of hand delivering these little 10X10 paintings to my client on her birthday! I felt so honored that she chose paintings from me as her birthday present to herself.  Please feel free to contact me through my website or email me at taratories@gmail.com if you are interested in a custom portrait for you or someone else.  

Akron's Art Scene

This past month me and my son, Finn, have been involved with some local exhibitions.  There was an exhibition held at the Nine Muses Art Gallery where I put the piece that I did of my sister and her baby.  I had never been into the Nine Muses before and I really enjoyed the environment inside with the attached coffee shop.  This was the first time I had exhibited this piece and it felt good to frame it up and get it out of my house and on a gallery wall!

My son was accepted into a show held at a local venue called the Nature Realm.  The criteria for this show was to enter a photograph that was taken at one of our local metro parks.  Finn always takes his camera and toys with him to photograph when we are at the parks, so he already had several photos that met the criteria.  He had one photo called, "Luigi", and another called, "Boba Fett." He was excited to be a part of this show and we were very proud of him!  I am encouraging him to get his work out there in the community! 

Currently I have my self portrait that I completed this year in a local art show called the "Akron Art Prize."  I was a part of this show last year and I just LOVED being a part of it!  It is an awesome community event where there are several venues in downtown Akron where the art is displayed. People from the community are encouraged to visit the galleries and attend the artist mixers that are held each week.  These mixers are receptions where you can meet the artists at their specific venues.  My piece is held at the Palladian Palette and the artist reception for this venue is September 24th from 6-8pm.  I will be there and would love to see a lot of people come out and mingle with me and others!  If you attend one of the galleries that are a part of the show, you have to make sure you download the Akron Art Prize app so you can vote for your favorites when you are there.  You get six votes, and when the show ends on October 3rd, they tally the votes and the winner receives $5,000!!  You have to be crazy not to participate in this show ;)  Stay connected with all the events connected with this show on Facebook by clicking here.  Hope to see you there! Look, love, vote!