Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Are You Ready For Wedding Season? -Tips And Portraits!

Hand-cut silhouette of a bridal couple! I can do this from a photo 

as a commission or even on the spot at a wedding! In fact I did this as a composite from two different photos!
A pencil portrait I did recently of a flower girl. Makes a great gift for the bride
 and groom! Or for the family of the flower girl !

Wedding Season is here! Weddings are fun for a silhouette artist. Since silhouettes only take a few minutes to produce on the spot, I wander among the guest and create a keepsake that they can take home with them! I usually cut two silhouettes at a time so that one can be put into a scrapbook for the bride and groom to have. The guest can then sign their silhouettes and the book can double as a guest book!

If  I'm doing caricatures at a wedding I set up my easel and work in one spot. Guests are usually eager to have their caricatures done to commemorate the day!

 Here some more samples of what I can do at weddings as a portrait artist, as well as some of the types of portraits I do as commissions to be used as wedding gifts! And some ideas on surviving your wedding day!

Here are some really helpful ideas to help you survive your big day. 

5 tips that may save your wedding (and your sanity)


By Kat Kinsman, CNN
updated 9:18 AM EDT, Fri July 12, 2013brides

Click here for an entertaining look at 31 tips to help you enjoy your wedding day!

Hand-cut silhouette of the bride.
Caricature of my son and daughter-in-law in their wedding garb!

Silhouettes of a couple.

Silhouette of a  guest. I did this a few years ago!
Caricature of a happy couple! Idid this in 2012!

A pencil portrait I did in 2014!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

23 Days to Go!

23 Days to go to reach $1000 to turn my Baha'i Inspired ebook for middle readers into print! We need all the help we can get! Lots of good rewards if you contribute - including free copies of the book and as well as the illustrations!

Description of Babysitter Blues:
Fourteen-year-old Evan feels like there's no tomorrow. He's trapped in an unending cycle of babysitting his much younger half-siblings while his mom juggles work and classes. His has little memory of his father, who died when he was young, and his mother has just divorced the stepfather to whom he had grown close. A gang of bullies at his school delights in tormenting him. But a sympathetic English teacher and a new friend, Nava, help him to see that sometimes what seems to be a hopeless situation really isn't. This story is inspired by the Baha'i Faith.

A great review by Nancy K. Knowles- "Great book for adults as well as the tweens. Have told many people about it. This is something that the world needs now. Love and compassion and learning that we all make mistakes but can rise above them and find something better like thinking of others first."  Thanks Nancy!

I am so amazed that we've finally gotten this far with the kickstarter project for my book for middle readers-Babysitter Blues! I had hardly heard of Kickstarter, before my editor(at One Voice Press) suggested trying a kickstarter to raise funds in order to produce a print run of the book. I have learned so much through this process and am so grateful for the opportunity to learn!

I have a friend who recently bought and read the ebook, and let me know that she felt it was a good introduction to the Baha'i Faith within a storyline. She is not a Baha'i, so this was a very sweet comment and and it was nice to know that my  story of a young boy who learns about some Baha'i spiritual concepts and makes peace with his own christian background, was meaningful to her!

If you have a project that you think might benefit from kickstarter funding go to www.kickstarter.com and look at their kickstarter school. They walk you through everything!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How to Be Unique in a Sea of Artists

My now Graduated son Adam! 
Following on the wake of many Etsy orders (Samples below) I recently recieved for portraits with descriptive words surrounding the subject, I thought I would try it with a graduation theme, since my son just graduated from College! And since graduation season is not quite over yet, I decided to post it as an sample in my Etsy Shop!

Here is a great video by children's book illustrator and teacher Will Terry entitled "Are we creating too many Artists?" He discusses a theme close to my heart-do we need more artists in the world and  how can I be unique in my own work with a world of other artists out there? He touches on the difference between being original and copying, and also talks about how an attitude of abundance rather than scarcity relates to originality. Very inspiring!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How to do 18 Portraits in 5 days!

Portraits by Leona Hosack
Caroline Kathleen Appler
I've been very fortunate to have received many orders through my Etsy shop in the last week. Altogether (but who's counting, right?) -I had  eighteen portrait orders from Wednesday to Sunday last week. Some were requested to be done in time for Mother's Day!I had such a blast drawing these beautiful children! I must admit that I tend to fall in love with any face I draw, no matter whose face it is, but I especially love the little ones!

As I worked I was grateful for several programs on both my pc and my laptop which allowed me to enlarge the photos I was working from. I worked from sketching very lightly, to gradually putting down  darker and darker pencil lines; being aware of subtle gradations of value and trying to maintain a fresh look by not blending with my fingers, which I used to always do. I find that leaving the lines in tact and visible makes the drawing more vibrant!

This is the photo I worked from for the portraits of the following three sisters!
No I didn't draw the princess! Maybe later!

One was an order for fourteen caricatures which weren't actually for Mother's Day but for a conference for hotel managers in North Carolina, which was an event happening on the weekend! Here are a few of those caricatures! I did a lot of research looking up background images to go with each person that reflected their personalities! Google images are great!

 Happy Drawing!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Want to Live a Passionate Life? Change Your Thoughts- by guest blogger Katy Tafoya

Portraits by Leona Hosack
This is one of my recent commissions through my Etsy shop!
The photo I worked from is above.
As I pursue being an artist, based on my passion for portrait work and illustration, I marvel in the fact that as I go forward, I am learning each day to let go of the need or habit of focusing on what I don't want.
The process of practicing giving myself permission to actually go after what I do want, is beginning to produce a balance of focus that is bringing me better and better results! I have been following Katy Tafoya's work as a small business mentor and life coach for some time and have found her work encouraging and inspiring!
Katy Tafoya says that lack of focus can wear us down, adding to our unhappiness.
 Below is a great article by Katy Tafoya   www.successforsoloprenuers.com

Want to Live a Passionate Life? Change Your Thoughts

One of the first things I learned when I started working on finding my focus and rediscovering my passion was that I needed to find out what I wanted.

It sounds so simple really.  But think about it…how many times do you reply "I don’t know" or "I don’t care" when someone asks you "what do you want…"

What do you want for dinner?  What movie do you want to see?  What are you wearing to the party?  Where do you want to go on vacation? What do you want to do with your life?  What makes you happy? What would you do with a million dollars?

I don’t know. I don’t care.  Whatever you feel like.  I’m not sure.

We don’t know what we want.  And that lack of focus is slowly wearing us down.  It’s allowing us to wander around unfocused and in a daze.

Is it any wonder we’re not happy?  Is it any wonder that we wake up one day and realize if we don’t leave our spouse, our job, our home, we’ll scream!  Is it any wonder we’re eating so much crap out of boredom?

This needs to change.  And it needs to change now.

You NEED to have a serious sit down with yourself and figure out what you want.

I like to start my clients out by having them create a list of what they want in life…who do they want to BE, how do they want that to look, what do they want to DO and what sort of life (things and more) will they HAVE.

Believe it or not, but for many, this is a tough exercise.  Some folks find it easier to work backwards and start with what they DON’T want to have, what they DON’T want to do and who they DON’T want to be.

Sometimes what we don’t want to be, to do, to have is a lot clearer than what we do want.  We can base our DON’Ts off of our past experiences…well I don’t want to work 60 hours a week; well I don’t want to be a bitch and treat my employees the way my boss treated us; well I don’t want that kind of relationship.

And once you identify what you don’t want, you can ask yourself what you do want instead.

The good news is that change is easy.

Yeah, I know, we all hate making changes.  But honestly, it’s easy enough to do.  And as Gabrielle Bernstein tells us in "Add more ~ing to Your Life"..."with the slightest willingness, you will receive change."

Change your thoughts…change your attitude…change your attitude…change your life.

Katy Tafoya holds the totally radical belief that running a small business can actually be fun and easy (no one needs to be overwhelmed or stressed).  She is passionate about wanting to help women fall back in love with their business (and their lives). To read more articles like this and to get to know Katy better, be sure to visit her at SuccessforSolopreneurs.com.

Kamal's Day and Babysitter Blues make great Ayyam-i-ha gifts!

Kamal's Day and Babysitter Blues make great gifts!

SO grateful that I have two books that I've written and illustrated available on line NOW!  A picture book for the young ones and a ch...