I’ve Moved!

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet lately.  That’s because most of my attention has been going to the huge job of home selling, home buying, packing, and moving.  My husband Mike, Zephyr the greyhound, and I have moved to a new home in Abingdon, Maryland.  I will miss our Baltimore County rowhouse, but our new space means more yard for Zephyr to run, and more home studio space for me.

Later this year, once I’ve finished getting situated in the new house, I plan to begin hosting some small group watercolor workshops here.  Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime, feel free to drop me a line if this is something you may be interested in, or if you’d like to request a special topic. I’m also working on getting to know the arts community in the Harford County area, and am available for guest demos or workshops, if you know of a venue I should connect with here.

I do have the basics of the studio unpacked and functional again, and I have re-opened my Etsy shop for orders, which was in vacation mode for a few weeks during the move.  I am available for portrait commissions and illustration work on a normal timeframe.

I’m honored to have my painting “Squelch, Jester & Herald of the Magpie Court” accepted by juror Mark Mehaffey into the Baltimore Watercolor Society’s 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition.  The show runs from June 3-July 1 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland and the reception is June 14 from 2-4pm.

My painting “Kalindi Eating a Banana” has been accepted into Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects, an annual juried compilation of works in water media from North Light Books.  The book will be available in Spring of 2016.

Portraits at Art of the Belly 2015

I will be available to create live portrait sketches in graphite or watercolor for you in the vendor area at Art of the Belly 2015!  Take home a one of a kind portrait of yourself created in a classical artistic tradition.

Graphite (black and white), head and shoulders or full pose, 11″ x 14″, 30 minutes (two 10 minute sittings with a short break)- $40

Watercolor (full color), head and shoulders or full pose, 10″ x 14″, 1 hour (about four 10 minute sittings with short breaks)- $70

I can include a second person in the same portrait at a 50% discount.  (So, for example, a graphite drawing of two people would be $40 + $20= $60 total).  I cannot include more than two people in a live portrait.  A two person pose may take a bit longer than the times estimated above.

You should be prepared to sit still in a relaxed position, seated or reclining on cushions, for about 10 minutes at a time, with short breaks between poses.

The price for a head and shoulders view or a full body view is the same, but as you can tell from the examples, each gives a slightly different feel.  A head and shoulders view will show more of your facial detail, where as a fully body pose will include your lovely costume and body pose with a more impressionistic, less detailed view of the face.  If you are posing for just head and shoulders, you don’t need to wear a full costume if you don’t want to, as it won’t be shown, but it might be a nice time to add an accent necklace or hair decorations.

Due to the nature of live modeling, poses with a giant smile, standing poses, or poses with arms up don’t work well- you will become very uncomfortable very quickly!  If you’d like to have a portrait painted in a more dramatic pose or in a more detailed style, you can always order a commission from photo before or after Art of the Belly, with a special 10% discount offered for any photo-based dancer commissions ordered during 2015 using Stereovision photos as reference. 

Of course, I can also do portraits of any non-dancer family members, adults or children, accompanying you to AOTB!

You’ll take home your finished portrait in a clear envelope with rigid backing to protect it.  Matting/framing is up to you. You are welcome to share your portrait on your website or social media with a credit line to Joanna Barnum, but please do not use it on printed advertising or merchandising without advance permission from me.

Drop in when I’m not booked, or pre-register for a time slot so you can be sure to snag one.  I require advance payment via Paypal to reserve your slot in advance.  If you’d like to reserve a spot, please e-mail me at joanna@joannabarnum.com to inquire.

Current times available:

Friday

 

9am-9:30am

 

9:30am-10am

 

10am-10:30am

 

10:30am-11am

 

11am-11:30am

 

11:30am-12pm

 

12pm-12:30pm

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3pm-3:30pm

 

3:30pm-4pm

 

4pm-4:30pm

 

4:30pm-5pm

 

5pm-5:30pm- Heather M.

 

5:30pm-6pm- Heather M.

Saturday

 

9am-9:30am

 

9:30am-10am

 

10am-10:30am

 

10:30am-11am

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2:30pm-3pm

 

3pm-3:30pm

 

3:30pm-4pm

 

4pm-4:30pm

 

4:30pm-5pm

 

5pm-5:30pm

 

5:30pm-6pm

 

6pm-6:30pm

 

6:30pm-7pm

 

7pm-7:30pm

 

7:30pm-8pm

 

8pm-8:30pm

 

8:30pm-9pm

Sunday

9am-9:30am

 

9:30am-10am

 

10am-10:30am

 

10:30am-11am

 

11am-11:30am

 

11:30am-12pm

 

12pm-12:30pm

 

12:30pm-1pm

 

1pm-1:30pm

 

1:30pm-2pm

 

2pm-2:30pm

2:30pm-3pm

 

3pm-3:30pm

 

3:30pm-4pm

 

4pm-4:30pm

 

4:30pm-5pm

 

Valentine’s Day

Don’t forget- tomorrow is the last day to get in a portrait commission order for Valentine’s Day!

Happy New Year

I have a new portrait option! A collaborative kid art/professional portrait painting.

Thanks to my friends Ginny and Ted and their parents for helping me test out this idea and create some samples.

I started out as usual by creating a portrait drawing on watercolor paper using favorite family photos as reference.  Then I used masking fluid over the drawing area to protect it- masking fluid dries as a waterproof rubbery substance that can protect the white of the paper from watercolor paint until it is removed later.

Ted and Ginny painted the backgrounds of the portraits with their own visions using kid-safe watercolor, tempera, markers, and crayon.  This could also be done using finger painting.  Since the portrait area was protected with masking fluid, they didn’t need to worry about messing it up.

When their work was dry, I removed the protective masking fluid, and then completed the portraits of the kids using watercolor in my usual style.

If you are interested in having a portrait like this done, the pricing is the same as my standard watercolor options, plus an additional $20 for extra shipping and packing charges.  There is no need to be local- I will begin with the preliminary drawing and masking fluid, and then I’ll ship it to you with complete instructions for your little artist to create the background as they see fit, using their own materials.  You’ll ship the piece back to me so I can complete the portrait, and then I’ll ship you the finished work.

 

Last minute X-mas shopping

All of the holiday portraits have been completed and shipped.  Thank you so much for your commissions this season.  Wishing you a peaceful holiday with your loved ones, and success, health, and joy in the new year.

If you’re still finishing your shopping, I’d be happy to create a digital portrait gift certificate for you- contact me for details. Your loved one can select their own photo for a portrait to be created during January.

Orders for prints, etc. through my Etsy shop placed today or tomorrow (Dec 18) will ship on time for Christmas.

You can also visit The Gift Cellar in Baltimore for a selection of my prints and originals, and handmade items from other Maryland artists.

If you’re thinking ahead, the deadline for Valentine’s Day portrait commissions is January 20.  A portrait of you and your sweetheart, your children, your pets, or your home makes a lovely gift that is sure to be appreciated.