people portraits

Naomi

Naomi Monstrochika June Lady of the Month

Oh no! I have been so busy I forgot to post my June Lady of the Month. My day job has been taking up a lot of time and mental energy so I have been kind of slacking in the art department lately. 

For the month of June, I have decided to present you with my very good friend from Chicago, Naomi! We met probably a decade ago when I was tabling at the DIY Trunk Show, trying to sell some mini comix and crocheted creatures. Naomi was volunteering and we ended up chatting for quite some time and I thought she was very cool and we struck up a friendship. Later on we started meeting up with some other artist friends on a semi weekly basis to draw or paint together at local cafe's. Naomi is one of my favorite people on this planet, she is cheerful and optimistic with a touch of grumpiness (#oldchicagolady) and a huge sense of humor. She is an incredible artist who also paints in a colorful style and has done some large murals. Visit Monstrochika to see what I'm talking about. The monster in the painting that she is painting, in this painting is a character that she includes in many of her pieces. I miss you Naomi!!!

Debbie

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Because today is Mother's Day I have decided that my May Lady of the Month is my mom, Debbie! With her in this portrait is her grand-daughter (my niece) Ivy Lee, another lady that I love to pieces. My mom is funny, wacky and as Ivy would say "Nuts". She taught me to be independent and crafty and always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I love you Mom! 

If you would like to order a portrait for your mom click here. 

Tawasha

 Tawasha was one of the first friends I made when I first moved to Chicago in 1998. I was drawn to her sense of humor and then I learned that she is very compassionate and open-minded. She loves to write poetry and has the most bold and original sense of style of anyone I know. She is the only person I've met who can rock gray lipstick. Even though it's been about 16 years since we worked together I randomly remembered that she loves dolphins. Working on this piece made me happy and I hope the painting puts a smile on her face. 

Tawasha was one of the first friends I made when I first moved to Chicago in 1998. I was drawn to her sense of humor and then I learned that she is very compassionate and open-minded. She loves to write poetry and has the most bold and original sense of style of anyone I know. She is the only person I've met who can rock gray lipstick. Even though it's been about 16 years since we worked together I randomly remembered that she loves dolphins. Working on this piece made me happy and I hope the painting puts a smile on her face. 

Sue

 I met Sue in high school When I met her I thought she was weird in a cool way, musically talented and very smart. I remember she would know things about things and was one of the most intelligent people in any of the classes I took. I know that sounds vague, but it's been almost two decades since I've interacted with her! When I look back I kind of wish I had made more of an attempt to be a closer friend, because I kind of related to her. I was extremely shy back then. Now she has three kids and is a music teacher. This painting includes her twin daughters who I have never met but thought it would be fun to show as a family portrait.    I would like to take a moment to mention that Mothers Day is coming up and family portraits make a great gift. If you would like to commission a portrait for your mom I recommend ordering now. It takes about a month or two to order materials, paint all of the layers, let them dry, apply a fixative, and ship them out. I will not be available for the first two weeks of May.   

I met Sue in high school When I met her I thought she was weird in a cool way, musically talented and very smart. I remember she would know things about things and was one of the most intelligent people in any of the classes I took. I know that sounds vague, but it's been almost two decades since I've interacted with her! When I look back I kind of wish I had made more of an attempt to be a closer friend, because I kind of related to her. I was extremely shy back then. Now she has three kids and is a music teacher. This painting includes her twin daughters who I have never met but thought it would be fun to show as a family portrait.  

I would like to take a moment to mention that Mothers Day is coming up and family portraits make a great gift. If you would like to commission a portrait for your mom I recommend ordering now. It takes about a month or two to order materials, paint all of the layers, let them dry, apply a fixative, and ship them out. I will not be available for the first two weeks of May.