I find it a real honor when someone entrusts me to do a portrait, but especially a posthumous portrait. People that knew the person tell me about them, try to relate to me how they feel about them, what the person means to them, the impression the person left them with. It is a very special experience.
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The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition
I have been notified that two of my paintings (Lovers and My Guide) are finalists in the 32nd Annual Art Competition of The Artist’s Magazine. There were over 7500 entries! Wow.
Both paintings are available at Tree’s Place Gallery.
This is a testimonial from a happy client…and when the client is happy, I am happy (big smile)
Would you recommend Dana Levin, and if so, why?
“Yes, for two reasons. First the proficiency, the aesthetic which is apparent in the artist’s portfolio. But, beyond that, there’s something else. I’m not sure if empathy is the right word, but Dana demonstrated a compassion to understand who Blanche was. I think she took that part of the process very seriously. Like a biographer, if an artist doesn’t understand the spirit of a subject, then the work is lifeless, just the record, the facts or a description. This is more than that: when I look at this portrait I don’t just recognize those eyes, I know the look in those eyes. This is Blanche.”
DJ Narey- Portrait Client
I have been watching the Women Painting Women exhibitions since they began in 2010 and am honored to be included. The show opens September 5th- 125 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC.
Hi Friends, this is a painting I just finished, I hope you like it- 30×36 inches. Available at Trees Place. It has a beautiful floating frame from Guido’s.
Really, September was my last post on FB!?! I am still alive. (even though I am not seen on social media)
I have been absorbed in a metamorphosis. But I am breaking out of the chrysalis now. (my kids watch a lot of Wild Kratts)
It is impossible to go through life without change. If one does, it is out of fear or lethargy. When an artist goes through changes and sees the world in a different way our art must change too. Its no good to anyone to continue making paintings just because you have always made them that way- your art must reflect your life. That is what I have been going through.
First, I realized that I saw things in a different way. What I needed to express had changed. Second, I had to find a new method of creating in order to bring the vision in my head to the outside world. It is really not a simple or easy thing to do. It’s a very organic process, which is scary because you don’t completely know where you are going and if what you are doing is going to take you there. It requires trusting your instincts and a lot of experimentation.
Interestingly, one of the things that helped me keep my faith in the process is the work my husband does which has nothing to do with the art world. He works very closely with engineers. Our shared challenge is that engineers and artists both create something in the physical world that was not there before. Seeing the investment and failures these companies experience- very much trial and error as with sincere art making- has been inspiring. Considering my risk is much less than millions of dollars and dozens of people’s livelihood, it gives me courage.
Creativity requires risk- having the fortitude to break things down and build them back up.
I am someone who “lives in the myth”, as Joseph Campbell might have said. I’ll explain. Last week a pipe froze and burst in my studio. It flooded. We discovered this about 11 pm. The plumber who quickly came over, assessed that he had to break through the wall of my studio to get to the pipe to fix it. So there he was, midnight, hammering down the wall of my studio. Symbolic for the creative process? Tearing down walls in order to build something new? Love it.
In the coming weeks my walls will be re-built. Physically and Metaphorically. Con Forte!
Here is the finished portrait painting commission of Anne Rosenfield. Working with her and her husband Noah has been so wonderful. “Wonderful” is a total understatement.