“Blessed with Grace” is a painted portrait that was done as part of our Portraits for Life Program. The whole process begins with a children’s portrait session that lasts about an hour and is all about having fun, playing dress up, and smiling for the camera. It is in the process of play and directed posing that the child and I get to know each other. When she eventually becomes comfortable she reveals a timeless pose, one that is not too smiley or silly and that will stand the test of time. Once that pose is selected from the proofs it is time for the painting process to begin. Dabs of color are added in digitally to the image and then manipulated with various brushes to create the painting. Next the image is printed on a canvas textured paper and this time painted with acrylic glazes by the artist to extend longevity and to enhance depth of color in the finished painting. It is then gallery framed for years of viewing enjoyment.