Author: Jennifer At Your Toy Portrait

Allison’s Lego Family Portrait

9″x12″ acrylic on canvas, 2014. Allison’s father liked the Fisher-Price Little People family portrait so much that she commissioned this epic, multi-generational Lego portrait as a gift for her parents! This was the first Lego family I’ve painted and I hope to do more… the ocean of minifigures in our basement gives me plenty of “live models” to work from and customize to more accurately resemble your family members. Allison was nice enough to send me this photo of her folks’ happy faces when they unwrapped their painting!
And here is Allison’s Little People painting that I made a in March… it will have its own post as soon as I can catch up! Thanks Allison for these fun projects!

Red Riding Hood Trio

11″x14″ acrylic on canvas, 2014. It’s been a shamefully long time since I’ve posted to this site, but it’s for a great reason — I’ve been so busy with various art projects that I’ve barely had a moment to sit down and do so! I will catch up, or at least archive some key pieces here as soon as I can. This portrait of three very interesting vintage dolls was my entry for this year’s Trask art show and auction. This event is hosted by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, which promotes preservation and enhancement of the architectural, cultural, and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs. A requirement for submission to this event was that the artwork reference or take inspiration from Saratoga or its history, so of course I sought out toys that tick this box. Kathleen Coleman, the curator of the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, was kind enough to let me arrange and photograph this bizarre group of toys from the Saratoga County Historical Society’s collection. The three jointed, hand-painted porcelain dolls belonged to the donor’s grandmother. I was fascinated by the strangeness of the wolf’s (apparently) human, female body and the witchy face and odd scale of the grandmother! The painting sold at auction, but I will be revisiting them again for a new painting that will be shown alongside the actual dolls in my upcoming October exhibit at the Brookside.