I had a wonderful experience with Judy Carducci the week prior to Easter.
She came for a double head and shoulders, then finished up doing another
double head and shoulders of two
large white German Shepherd dogs and two single head and shoulders
of a lady’s grandchildren
who were visiting for Easter (Anna and Lily). Judy “went with the flow”, worked
from life for all of them and pleased all the clients immensely.
In fact, it
looks like she will have a formal full length of the dogs’ owner
later in the year. She loves Judy’s style and Judy is her artist of choice
They are friends
who had Judy in their home for 2 full days, plus a half day
and they loved every minute of the experience said it was “Zenlike” and
just perfect. —Joy
I just got back from seeing ...
an elderly man (80 or so?) who had
his portrait done by Judy Carducci.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL
STUNNING AND JAW DROPPING!!!!
It literally knocked my socks off
and I am now in a portrait induced
trance. All I can say is "Wow."
And, the client is of course thrilled.
He loved the whole experience of
working with her and now wants to
have his lady friend's portrait done.
I am now bound and determined
to have a portrait done by her
of [my husband.]
"I so enjoyed you and sitting for you...
I learned so much about...the technical aspects of drawing as I
sat in pose and listened
You have a strong, and also gentle way about you and way of instructing....
I feel so fortunate and ...so blessed to have had the opportunity to
meet you and spend that time with you. As I viewed your work...I've
felt overcome with emotion - the ways you capture all forms with such
beauty touches my heart. Awesome - just wonderfully, awesomely wonderful!"
— L.Fiora (client)
Judith Carducci, PSA :: Commissioned Portraits
A discussion with the client
clarifies what size and complexity the portrait will be, how formal
or informal, where it will hang and what the sitter will wear. The
time and place for the sittings is also arranged. If a complex background
planned, such as an interior with furniture, photos may be needed for
A "sitting" is normally a 3-hour block of time. Within
that time period, the sitter and artist take rest-breaks as needed.
In the case of a multiple-sitting portrait, the first session establishes
the pose, composition, and block-in. Clothing and still life items
may be left for the artist to work on in the absence of the sitter.
The paintings are done from life (although photos may be used for
references in some rare instances), for several important reasons:
the relationship that develops between the artist and sitter, and the
opportunity for better personal observation are important to the pose
and the expression; natural color in natural light cannot be obtained
from photos; photos distort essential elements such as light and shadows
and perspective; the sitter has the experience of participating completely
with the artist in the creation of a work of fine art; the sitter sees
the entire process and never has to reconcile the "picture in
his head" with the final painting; friends or relatives can also
be present and watch the process. A full-length mirror is positioned
so the sitter can see the portrait progress on the easel.
Children, as well as adults, enjoy the experience. Children sit as
long as is comfortable for them depending on age and attention span,
and have snacks during rest breaks. If old enough, they may control
the timer and keep track of when rest periods will come. Children may
choose videotapes from a variety available in the studio and watch
them while posing; or parents or aunts or uncles may read to them if
they would like. But many children prefer to watch what is happening
in the mirror.
Portraits can either be done at the artist's studio or at the client's
home or office. The artist's studio is located in a beautiful historic
town, adjacent to
the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, with several lovely inn/guest houses
nearby as well as many hotels and motels. The Cleveland Orchestra's
summer and winter homes are both within easy drive, as well as theaters
and excellent restaurants and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with its
stunning building by the famed architect I.M.Pei. So it is ideal for
a family vacation to include family portraits.
After the sitting(s), the work is completed back in the artist's
studio, where final refinements and aesthetic adjustments can be made
without the model's needing to be present. The work is then either
shipped or delivered to the client.
While the price structure is for unframed work, the service includes
consulting about framing. If desired, the artist can select a suitable
frame within the
budget of the client.
Note: Still life commissions are also possible, incorporating treasured
For commission inquiries, contact Judith via e-mail: email@example.com or by phone: 330-650-4069