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We have been showing the portrait oil paintings of artist Cynthia Feustel for the past two months. Cynthia has agreed to be our “go to” portrait artist which is very exciting since we have not had a portrait artist of her caliber and reputation to refer our clients until now. If you haven’t been to the Gallery to see her exquisite work, be sure to do so. With that in mind, we have asked Cynthia to write a little about what to expect when commissioning a portrait, so read on!

Portrait Commissions
Commissioning a portrait begins with a meeting to discuss the mood, setting and size of the painting. An important aspect of this meeting is to get to know you and establish a genuine sense of what you wish to capture in the portrait.

Attire, pose and facial expression have always played a central role in portraiture and it is attention to these details that make a portrait believable and vibrant with life.

Clothing selection for the most part is of personal taste. It really can be anything from draped fabric, as in my figurative works, to full costuming that represents someone’s heritage, interests or lifestyle. It is usually best to choose something without too much pattern so as not to distract from the main focus of the portrait, which is the face. I prefer to work from photos that I take myself so I can adjust the composition and lighting to meet my needs for the painting.  Several outfits can be chosen for the photo shoot in order to explore different options.

A portrait should be authentic and true to the individuality of the person, based on what they love and how they see themselves. Every person has some gesture or demeanor that defines them in some way. It is capturing that defining moment that makes a portrait alive and believable. The choice of a formal or informal setting often depends on personality, age or even where the painting is going to hang. Once the photos are taken I will chose several exceptional ones and together we will make the final selection. In the event of a posthumous portrait or one depicting a past event, I will do my best work with your photos.

Due to the many variables of each client’s vision for their portrait, the painting is priced on an individual basis. We will discuss the various price ranges and options at our first meeting. Once we finalize all those details, a down payment will be required to begin the portrait process. The price does not include framing, shipping, taxes or travel expenses.

My goal is to bring a fresh, innovative approach to portraiture, capturing the personality and energy that makes each of my subjects unique. Although people often say that my work looks like a photograph, I feel that is far from the truth. By using a simplified composition, with a sense of light, atmosphere and texture, I add my own interpretation and vision to create something that is hopefully far more real than the limitations of photography.

I use traditional oil painting techniques on museum quality Belgium linen and archival oil paints to create a treasured heirloom to last for generations. Above all, your satisfaction is of utmost importance to me and I look forward to working with you.

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First Friday in February

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Summer Solstice_37x54_oil_feustel - CopyWe are pleased to be showing Colorado artist, Cynthia Feustel, in her show “Be Still” during the month of February. Be sure to join us for First Friday, February 1, 5-9 pm.

Colorado artist, Cynthia Feustel helps usher in 2013 with her exhibit of figures and still life. Feustel refers to her style as contemporary realism and will show an amazing body of work that includes a variety of stunning portraits and still life pieces. The image shown here is “Summer Solstice”. Most recently Cynthia was featured in the December issue of Southwest Art Magazine for her Honorable Mention award for her entry in Artistic Excellence 2012 .

Rip’s sculpture of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz is in progress and on display. Take advantage of this great opportunity to see history in the making–literally. The monument is set to beDSC02456 dedicated in August 2013 at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii.

It’s not too early to think about Valentine’s Day. Ali Peret can help you select the perfect piece of jewelry. Remember, February’s birthstone is amethyst so keep that in mind when shopping for your special Valentine.

If you love artisan jewelry, Katie Hovis of Whimsy will be here with her gorgeous new rings. Very cute and affordable! Katie uses fine metals and gemstones for her unique wire wrapped jewelry.

As always, we will have entertainment and wine tasting. Local songwriter and vocalist, Crystal Lariza will sing and our friends from Phelps Creek Vineyard will offer FREE wine tasting. Make sure to start your weekend off with us! Festivities start at 5 PM and most Troutdale merchants participate. Troutdale has great shops, restaurants, and plenty of parking.

We still have several pre-cast opportunities, so ask us about them when you’re in the Gallery. Remember, Caswell Gallery offers a simple layaway plan!

Grace sculpting in classRip is also offering a Sculpture 101 class starting  February 4. The class will meet twice a week for three weeks from 6:30-8:30. This will be a unique opportunity for aspiring sculptors to learn about sculpting and lost wax casting with acclaimed sculptor Rip Caswell. You will begin working in Rip’s Studio at Caswell Gallery in Troutdale. Using your own design, Rip will guide you through the sculpting process and you’ll learn about the casting and patina process first hand when you finish your piece with Production Manager, Lonnie Paola at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring. When you take home your own miniature bronze sculpture, perhaps an heirloom, you might even be inspired to start your own artistic journey. For more information call us at 503-492-2473.