Portrait of Stina Sayre, clothing designer

Here’s one of the paintings recently unveiled at the Workshop Gallery in Vineyard Haven, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. What a great night, and a chance for me to honor some excellent Islanders by painting their portraits.

This is Stina Sayre, a very talented clothing designer whose fashions make women of all ages and sizes look wonderful! What more could anyone ask?! Here she’s shown in casual dress behind the scenes, working on a new creation. Often people see Stina at fashion events looking very glamorous, so it was nice to be able to show another side of her. She was marvelous to work with and is such a creative person.
The painting is large, 40″ x 60″, and after I built the canvas I had to check that I could get it down the stairs! Now I know what my maximum painting size can be if painted in that location. I used every size of brush and palette knife I had in order to achieve the effects I was after; I believe the variety of brush stroke is even more important on a large painting such as this.
She has a very cool, airy shop with high ceilings, so I wanted to get that feeling in her painting. Next week I am going to photograph the portrait properly, and will post some details.

See full post here: Elizabeth R. Whelan2014-06-25.