Shaina Stinard is being featured on Art Wednesday this week. She does a lot of commission work so if you’d like a special person, pet, or moment in your life painted please follow her links and contact her. She’s extremely personable and easy to work with! -Lillian
I have to start by thanking Lillian for having me on her blog! I just love her use of color, and her paintings always bring a smile to my face.
I have been an artist as long as I can remember, but didn’t have the opportunity to make it my career until after the birth of my daughter in 2010. I am an artist, a mom, and a recovering teacher. Art is my therapy. I have never been happier and just adore sharing my love of art with my little one on a daily basis. The amazingly creative people I have met with my “new” career are so uplifting, informative and just an all around fabulous network of people to know! One of the most challenging parts of this job is simply running my own business. I spend more time on spreadsheets and at the keyboard instead of the studio table than I want to. I felt like that as a teacher at times too. Maybe it is just unavoidable in any career.
I work in watercolor on YUPO paper, sometimes sketching first in pen and ink. Working by commission, I use reference photographs from my customers. If you have a photo of it, I will paint it! Pets are probably what I paint the most, which I can’t complain about at all.
I always thought I could only paint what I see. I am not one to pull things out of my head and get them on paper. However, over the years (and thanks to my customers letting me know), I have found that I actually DO paint what I cannot see. I paint stories.
The memories and stories that customers share with me about the photos I am to translate have always been my very favorite part of painting. I even made it the subject of my first book and Kickstarter project, Masterpiece Your Memories. https://www.
Finally having the time and the means to work more with animal rescues lead me to my latest project – Second Chances: 100 Rescued Pet Portraits in 100 Days.
I will hopefully be painting 100 rescued pets, all of which will be in my next book! I am so excited to see it all come together and have a collection of my rescued pet portraits in one book. The project goes live on Feb. 15, 2015 and I will only have 30 days to raise my goal amount or the project doesn’t happen. Backers will of course receive fabulous rewards for their pledges. My last project was an overwhelming success and I have very high hopes for this project. Another huge success means I am able to donate even more art to rescues across the US this year!
My facebook page where I post lots of in progress shots, giveaways and contests! https://www.facebook.com/