The Portrait Project

I do love painting portraits and I want to get better at them. So in March, I’m starting a challenge for myself and I’m calling it “The Portrait Project”

But I need your help! 

Would you be willing to send me a photo of yourself, your husband, wife, friend, child or pet that I could paint from? The number of paintings I’ll do would be dependent on how many photos I get.

Send me as many photos as you like. I will be weeding through these to pick what I think are the best to paint from. So just because you send one in does not guarantee I will use it. Send in a few. I'll continue to collect photos until I have at least 25 that I think will work for this project. I would love to paint even more if I have time and images. 

Here are the details:
  • Please email your digital photos to me, cathy(at)activecore(dot)org
  • By sending me photo(s) you grant me permission to paint from these images and also to post your  photo along with the photo of the painting, on my blog and website.
  • This photo should have been taken by you. No professional photography please.
  • Photos taken outside in strong light are important. A photo that has good sun and shade on a face has a better chance of being chosen. The same goes for a pet.
  • Photos taken with a flash are usually not as good, but could sometimes work.
  • Unusual perspective and/or angles are really good. Smiling directly at the camera isn’t always the most interesting shot.
  •  I reserve the right to crop these photos in creative ways for artistic effect.
  • I need fairly high-resolution images so that I can crop and create a more intimate moment.
  • Don't be surprised if I use unusual colors in skin tones or hair. I LOVE color!
  •  All paintings will be done in oil on a 6x6 panel. I will sell them all for $75 on my Daily Paintworks gallery.
There is no obligation to purchase the painting. This is not a commission.


  1. I'm so excited about this project! I'm digging through photos this weekend.

  2. Fantastic!!! This is going to be a great project!

  3. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

  4. Cathy, I am so looking forward to your new project. Yay!

  5. Great idea! I can't wait to see them. I will be sending some photos to you for sure!

  6. I am thrilled to follow your portrait project. This sounds so exciting. I am doing jungle paintings these days.

  7. Thanks for all the interest! I've been getting some good photos. But I'm still accepting more.

  8. This is such an exciting project; I am looking forward to seeing what you paint.