There are few things in life that blow me away. And friends, I am blown away.
It all started a couple of weeks ago, when a friend mentioned that she had decided to follow her dreams and open an art studio – Karly Marie Custom Portraits. Always one to promote happiness, I was proud of her decision and wished her good luck.
“Let me create a custom portrait for you,” Karly said.
Sure, I thought. Why not? But life is busy, and to tell the truth, as much as I wanted to help out, I didn’t make it a priority. So I sent her the following Instagram picture, asking, “Can you work with this?”
You see, I love this picture. It was taken while both boys were sick – and yet, still managed to get into all sorts of mischief. I often smile when I think back to that day, as they wiped their noses on each other’s arms and giggled with gross delight. (Boys, right??)
Of course, as soon as I sent the screenshot, I promptly forgot about it. I knew it was in good hands, but really – what would come of an electronic photo? I knew nothing of what Karly could do or what the finished product would look like.
And then, I received a message that the portrait was complete. And as I gazed at the charcoal drawing of my two boys, I promptly burst into tears. Nothing could have prepared me for the beauty that Karly captured on paper.
I am blown away by Karly’s talent – and her gift for making subjects come alive. The sweet shyness in Ryder’s eyes. The mischief in Reid’s smile. And together, two brothers bonded together in a loving embrace. It is a portrait I will always treasure; one that will remind me of a cold winter afternoon with my two boys.
Friends, this is probably the most special gift you can give a loved one. Karly creates hand-drawn, custom portraits that make the perfect present for anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, weddings, or bridal showers. These artistic impressions can preserve the memories of a newborn child, beloved pets, special occasions, or even a cottage, home or vacation destination.
(Check out her Portrait Gallery here.)
Her rates are incredibly reasonable and for Listen to Lena friends and family, she is pleased to offer 15% off. (E-mail me for the coupon code: lena (at) listentolena (dot) com.) I encourage you to think about Mother’s Day, upcoming celebrations or other special occasions where you can give a truly unique, beautiful gift that will be treasured always. I am 100% convinced of Karly’s talent and am in love with the custom portrait.
Tell me, do you have a photograph you’d love to turn into a portrait? Be sure to contact Karly today!