Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FAMILY PORTRAITS: How to bring back the cool.

Here's a question. When did family portraits become so disturbingly uncool? Think back on your old history classes and you'll remember- family portraits were the crown jewel of the home. These painted beauties were extreme, avant gaurde, celebrated. They showed the love of the family, respect, status, celebrity. So when did the family portrait become a subject of halfhearted participation, department store mockery with cheesy backdrops and with a bad blur effect at the edge.

I've recently been approached over and over by wonderful families wanting a family portrait. They love my style, the effortless cool and whimsy, something fashion forward and editorial about them. Well isn't that wonderful! My greatest love is to capture the moments that pass us by, the emotions that slip through our fingers like air, carefully craft a split second of meaning you can feel. But, seriously, my gut instinct was one of... extreme hesitance. I was confused, but then I got it.

Family portraits just aren't cool anymore. So what's the problem? My art is something I pour my heart and soul into, something I seek to elevate the emotions of everyone who sees them. But this got me excited. Why can't we bring back the family portrait. Making it chic. Editorial. Making it art. Celebrity. Crystalizing the essence of our emotions. We treasure our families, our friends, our loved ones. It's time to celebrate them again. W Magazine doesn't make you gag, and neither should your family portraits.

I captured a few of the photoshoots for W Magazine, Bazaar, etc, as inspiration below. For more on my commission work check out my website here. 

We can bring back the cool. What do you think?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

INSTALL PICTURES: Gorgeous feature- Jessica Rae Sommer

I loved seeing pictures of this beyond gorgeous home featuring a few of my lovelies in print! Sarah has been such a joy to meet and keep in touch with- and his dining room is to die for, and I love Sarah's style and look. She is saying home is still a work and progress and so I can't even wait to see all the final touches. What a great install glimpse showing how to vamp up your home with some iconic portraits! She did fabulous. 

 For a little more on her home, check out her blog here. xx Jessica Rae

Sunday, July 22, 2012

CUSTOM PAINTING all the updates- Jessica Rae Sommer

Happy Sunday lovelies. Between friends and family that have taken over visiting our little Brentwood apartment, I've been working hard these last few weeks on a new custom portrait for a phenomenal fashion blogger, The Fashion Adroit (www.thefashionadroit.com). She is such a beauty and so inspiring. I was so thrilled to hear she wanted a portrait by ME after I'd seen her blog and fell in love! It's goodness trust me. So here's some sneeks on my progress so far!
Hope you love it. xx

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Art in Motion ( a progress clip ) Jessica Rae Sommer for The Fashion Adroit

Well, pretty much dying of excitement over my latest commission portrait of the lovely THEFASHIONADROIT. I am so thrilled to have the luck to paint such a gorgeous style maker and fashion envy- she is absolutely 100% my style. Giddy as can be about this one. 

SO, here is something new. I've tried to make a little movie clip of my progress so far... Of course she is only in her initial stages but I think she is going to be a stunner to say the least- with such inspiration, are you kidding? Doing my best to capture this beaut. It's my first attempt at filming and drawing, and iMovie, and the works... so I am pretty much shocked by my lack of mac knowledge being able to turn into a video and actually upload. I mean this is exciting.  Hope you like my dears! Terrible?

more updates later...

xx Jessica Rae

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