Pop Art Portraits

Pop Art, How I Love You.

Yes, I know it's not the 1960s.  But I can't help myself.  Pop art will always be my great love.  But I'm not into the stuff you typically see when you google "pop art" - I have developed my own style, as most artists do.

Pop art portrait of boy painted in shades of blue with red background.  Text overlay says, "one of a kind holiday gifts."

Painting Portraits

One of my favorite things to paint is people, specifically kids.  There is something about the expressions they make, they glint in their eye, the hair that tends to fly this way and that... it's so fun to paint!  And kids tend to really lend themselves to a pop art style portrait and bright color scheme.  Pop art is versatile, too.  You can play with it and turn it into a theme.  Take this portrait I did of my son, which is now hanging in his room.

Pop art portrait of young boy smiling wearing blue shirt with red background.  Yellow text block says, "when help is needed call super Kai!"

Just by choosing a blue and red color scheme and adding a text block, it's suddenly reminiscent of a super hero comic book.  So cute!

How do I do it?

I create my paintings from a photo.  I enlarge the photo then copy it over to the canvas.  I use the enlarged photo as a reference guide/map and fill in the painting, usually starting with the darkest colors first, which in most cases is the eyes - so for a while it looks like I have a devil child staring back at me, no matter what picture I am working from!  For a while I was painting a lot of dogs and by using this method they always started out looking rabid and evil until I started adding in the lighter colors, haha!

Pop art portrait of dog painted in shades of purple with a turquoise background.

Penny the dog sadly passed away shortly after I completed this painting.  This was commissioned as a tribute for the family who knew she would be leaving them, and it was a wonderful way to remember their beloved pet.  

Pop art portraits make an excellent gift, I have found.  Whenever I don't know what to give Hubber (which is pretty much every Christmas), I give him a painting of the kids done in this style.  He's now got a mini gallery going in his office.  It looks great!  I have been commissioned to do portraits for others in the past and always get really busy around Christmas and just before Father's Day.

If this is something you would like to give, get in touch with me.  It's better to start early for the holidays!

How to add color to a room without breaking your budget.

Do you find that your home needs a pop of color, but the thought of repainting your walls makes you want to stick forks in your eyes?  I hear you.  Luckily, there's a relatively easy way to jazz up your space without killing yourself physically, or breaking yourself financially.

Pick your accent color

Take a look at your space, and choose a color that you would like to play up with your accessories.  Different color choices will provide a different feel in your space.

The color wheel is a great reference point if you feel color choices don't come to you instinctually.  Neutral beige toned walls would be somewhere on the left where the oranges start to move into the yellows, if that helps.

The color wheel is a great reference point if you feel color choices don't come to you instinctually.  Neutral beige toned walls would be somewhere on the left where the oranges start to move into the yellows, if that helps.

To make colors "pop" against your wall, choose something on the opposite side of the color wheel.  For accessories that blend in a bit more rather than stand out against the wall, choose something closer in range on the wheel.

What to buy?

You don't need to buy lots of items, or expensive items, to make a big impact.  Once you've chosen a color (or two) to play up, look for sales and see what you can find.  Here are some ideas for a living room:

  • throw pillows
  • art prints
  • vase/flowers
  • picture frames
  • ceramic decorative items

This is what I did with my fireplace, as an example.  I decided to keep it pretty simple and used blue and white as my accent colors.


I painted the artwork and used the blue from the piece as the color inspiration for the pillows, and to balance the "weight" of the art piece by bringing your eye down with color and pattern in the pillows below.  The white in the ceramic owls, candles and vase tie everything together (including the pillows).

The most expensive piece (besides the cost of framing the canvas - which I think is unique to artists, lol!) was the pillows at $24.99 each.  By purchasing during sales and knowing ahead of time what color palette I was looking for, I was able to zone in on the items I wanted.

For unique art prints at affordable prices, please check out our store.  Our prints are available in different sizes to accommodate a variety of spaces.

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