East Coast Cutie

This is a portrait commission I finished in early December for a family living in North Carolina. It was a Christmas gift from the boy’s grandparents.

East Coast Cutie via lilblueboo.com
It’s a tough job painting such a beautiful child but someone has to do it….

East Coast Cutie 2 via lilblueboo.com
Closeup of vintage handwriting:

East Coast Cutie 3 via lilblueboo.com
I remembered to take a few photos of the process this time. I am a very messy painter. I paint the image, then paint layers over it. Then sand it down….

East Coast Cutie 4 via lilblueboo.com

…..repaint the image in different shades of dark and light, then paint more layers on top….and repeat about 30 times.

East Coast Cutie 5 via lilblueboo.com

To see more of my commission work click here for recent work or visit my painting website here.


  1. Disney says

    This is so lovely, it makes me really wish I knew how to paint! This kind of artistry just makes me wonder how people like you can exist! :o)

  2. Allison says

    I love your paintings! Your process is interesting….. what kind(don't really think that's the right word) of layers do you paint 30 times? Right over the little face and when you sand it down the face is revealed? You are so creative! How did you ever think of this process? Very inspiring.