Taratories Blog

"Flights of Curiosity"

I am so excited to finally reveal the paintings that I did in Wales!  I have a new web page dedicated to the new collection called "Flights of Curiosity" found at http://www.taradeetscreek.com/new-page-1/ .  On this page you can see my art and read the stories that were behind the paintings.  I still have originals for sale and you can also order prints!  Please contact me at taratories@gmail.com if you are interested in prices of originals or prints or if you have any questions about the work at all.  If you are local to the Akron area, my paintings will be on display at Revival (822 W Market Street, Akron, Oh 44303) through the month of December.  Here is one of my paintings entitled "In Her Mind's Eye".  Go to my new web page to see the whole collection!


I just finished a painting today of a beautiful mother and child.  I have found that the type of art that brings me the most joy to create is the kind that I have the most connection with.  I may or may not know my subject that I am doing a portrait of personally, but either way, when there is a mother and child in a loving embrace such as this, I feel instantly connected.  God blessed me four times with babies to snuggle and with each child it was a magical experience.  What I would give to go back in time and experience those tender moments again...

I took this photo of them when this baby was about a month old.  The fact that she was a first time mother made this moment I captured even more special.  

I worked in my medium of a mixture of fluid acrylics and colored pencil on canvas. Layer upon layer, and wash upon wash, I developed this painting and brought it to a soft and dreamy place.

For this custom painting, she requested blues and greens along with hydrangeas.  I incorporated hydrangeas in a more subtle abstract way in the background which gave some depth and texture to the painting.  I snuck in some bird silhouettes and added some touches of gold, of course.  These are two signature elements I feel MUST be included in the portraits that I do ;)  I played around with the composition with this painting and placed the mother and baby off center and coming out of the corner. I was pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to do more!  I am taking orders for mother and baby portraits, but these orders will not be started until 2017.  To place your order email me at taratories@gmail.com or click HERE.  

"instagraham" 20X20

"instagraham" 20X20

My Sleeping Sister

On my previous post "Draw the Curtains or Draw a Line" I showed the beginnings of a painting/drawing I was doing of my sleeping sister and baby.  This is the photo that I was using as reference.

I wanted to share the progress that it has made this week so far.  Here is where I added a circle to frame their heads and begun adding flower details.  Her hair went from flat black to highlights and lowlights forming a three dimensional head.  

I work organically and make decisions along the way when I do art.  I think it is more fun that way!  Take note of the blue under the baby's arm on the picture above.  I didn't like the way that it made the baby seem to be floating away from the mother.  I decided to add black on top of the blue to make it into hair.  That just seemed more fitting and brought them together more.  

I am excited about filling in the circle with designs and adding more texture to the blue background.  I am putting this on hold for a little bit to work on an exciting project that is more pressing, but when I am finished, I will make sure to post pictures of the final project!