Posts tagged custom family portrait
Painting Kids

I've really loved the challenge of painting children lately, especially when my own child is getting so big and changing every day! The idea of capturing a moment of childhood and preserving it with pencil and paint brush intrigues me and adds so much joy to my work.

We've had our neighbor girl (who's 10 years old) coming over a few days a week after school to play with Josie while I work. It's been wonderful! Josie lights up when Kourtney walks into the studio and runs around squealing with joy, eager to play with her new best friend.

Seth and I have been getting up earlier to try and take advantage of those glorious quiet hours before the babe awakes and chaos ensues. I'm not a morning person (AT ALL), so it's helpful to have Seth to coax me out of bed at 5:30 am. Being a mother is nothing if not a constant challenge and joy in equal measure! :)

I hope your week is going well! Don't forget to sign up for my LIVE portrait event this weekend (read more about that here), and come out and see me Friday and Saturday in Morton, IL! Bring the kiddos. It'll be a fun time!

My First LIVE Painting Event!

I'm so excited to share the details of my first LIVE painting event!

I've partnered with Sara O'Shea of So Chic Boutique (316 S. Main St. in Morton, IL 61550), an amazingly adorable store (and store owner) in Morton, IL where I'll be painting live Family Portraits for Mother's Day. 

Sara O'Shea of So Chic Boutique in Morton, IL

Sara O'Shea of So Chic Boutique in Morton, IL

So Chic Boutique in Morton, IL

So Chic Boutique in Morton, IL

Here's how the event will work. I'll be set up in Sara's "conference room" area when you visit the store. I'll take your picture or a picture of just your kids with my iPad and use that photo for the painting while you shop. Each person in the portrait takes approximately 20 minutes to paint. Once the painting is finished you'll be able to pick it up right then and there!

There are a limited number of portraits I can paint during the event, so in an attempt to keep it fairly organized, I've set up a listing in my shop to allow you to prepay. Once the purchase is made, I'll assign you a specific time slot. 

Purchase this listing to prepay.

Custom Mother/Child Portrait by artist Michelle Schneider

Custom Mother/Child Portrait by artist Michelle Schneider

I'm also opening up 5 spots for pre-painted portraits that I'll bring to the live event already completed. If you wish to have your portrait finished before next Friday, send an email with your photo references to Michelle@CustomPortraitsbyMichelle.com after completing the purchase in my shop.

I can't wait to meet you in person! 

Old Photos into New Paintings

I'm always honored to receive requests like this one.

A customer purchased a Family Portrait and then sent an email explaining how close his wife is to her grandparents, specifically her grandfather who is now aging and poor in health. He told me how instrumental her grandparents had been in her childhood and how this portrait would mean so much to them both.

This customer wanted me to recreate an old photo of his wife when she was young laying in the grass with her grandpa, both smiling and enjoying each other's company (above).

How sweet is that? Major props to the husband for being so considerate of his wife!

Here's how the portrait turned out...

custom family portrait, grandfather portrait

custom family portrait, grandfather portrait