Custom paintings commissioned by art aficionados are my favourite pieces to make. Custom paintings offer a fantastic chance to interact with talented and generous people from all around the world. I make a sincere effort to make each bespoke painting as distinctive as the subjects you see on the canvas with each.
So, how do we go from a blank canvas to a polished piece as you see here? I’m glad you inquired! Let us investigate!
We need to get to know Kaisa a little better before we can chat about the custom painting from photo. Kaisa Keranen is a social media influencer, personal trainer, and fitness educator noted for her creative and exciting ways to get people moving. As the founder of KaisaFit, she has created her own way of movement, which she shares with her customers and social media followers worldwide on a daily basis.
She lives and teaches by the mantra “wellness is a feeling, not a sight,” and she is completely committed to her objective of getting people all over the world up and moving.
The word “dynamo” comes to me when I think of Kaisa. She could be the most lively, vivacious person I have ever encountered. To see what I mean, simply view the videos on her Instagram page. Add compassion and kindness to that, and you have Kaisa.
Every custom painting starts with a one-on-one consultation. We met via video call, with Kaisa in Seattle, WA and me in Grand Rapids, MI.
In order for me to best personalise her portrait, Kaisa revealed her life narrative, opinions, and preferences.
- Her career and way of life depend on movement.
- Her life’s work is to assist others in getting active.
- She didn’t want to necessarily “look” like herself in the portrait.
- Pink, teal, and black should all be used.
- Kaisa is quite candid about how exercise has aided her in overcoming and battling depression.
AIDING OTHERS IN LEARNING TO MOVE AND OVERCOME
So, how does this work in practice? To begin, there are two primary figures. Kaisa is on the left. Someone on the right is learning to move and be active with Kaisa. Because Kaisa is up and helping the other figure to move, she is not touching the bottom of the canvas. The figure on the right is still learning and is connected to the canvas’s bottom.
The dark glasses with new eyes across the top of the painting show that Kaisa is showing the other figure how to see through the gloom and despair and see life and movement in a new manner. As they begin, the figure on the right raises their arm above their head.
It was difficult to capture Kaisa’s level of intensity. If you look at her videos, you’ll notice she’s a whirlwind of movement and intensity. As a result, I set out to describe and portray body “movement” rather than body “form.” At the heart of Kaisa’s philosophy is the belief that movement is about finding enjoyment and overcoming barriers, not about reaching an ideal body shape. That’s fantastic.
Of course, there are also a lot of complementary shades of pink, teal, and other hues that go well with Kaisa’s style.
What you don’t notice, Getting over depression
In Kaisa’s journey, moving through challenges and depression plays a significant role. To demonstrate this, the canvas was painted entirely in black, and all of the colours were then applied on top of it.
This, to me, encapsulates depression and the struggle to overcome it. It’s gloomy and always lurking beneath everything. It has an impact on everything, even if you don’t always notice it.
Portraits of real people for real people are without a doubt my favourite paintings. It is the only thing that can turn an abstract, creative notion into something tangible with which you can connect on a personal level. One of the reasons I usually paint portraits is because of this. Nothing is more intricate and rich than the centre of life. Everything about who we are is here. How we see the environment around us, how we hear it, what we say, what we think, and how we interact with it.