At some point in our lives we all experience a loss, and many of us turn to our favourite photos of the person we have lost to remind us of how lucky we are to have had them in our lives. Photos can help us cope through the grieving process and they serve as reminders of the people we have loved and lost.
However, photos age quickly and as they do so their condition can deteriorate. Photographs can yellow, tear and generally look quite tatty after a few years, and this is no way to see remember the memory of a lost loved one.
Immortalize a Loved One with a Memorial Portrait
Memorial portraits are a great way to preserve the memory of a lost loved one. They are designed based on a photo submitted by a family member, and a good artist will spend an incredible amount of time ensuring that the likeness of these paintings is as accurate to the photograph as possible.
Memorial portraits are painted on to canvas, which is a much more durable material than photo paper, ensuring that this important keepsake will endure the test of time. Many people use memorial portraits to remember the important people in their lives that have passed, such as parents, children, family members and friends.
You can choose from a variety of mediums for your memorial painting, including oil, pencil, charcoal, acrylic, pastel and watercolour. You can also choose your size and a suitable frame, helping to create the perfect keepsake for you and your family to appreciate.
Entrusting an Artist to Create Your Memorial Portraits
One of the hardest parts of ordering a memorial portrait is the process of choosing the artist. After all, receiving a painted canvas of a loved one that isn’t accurate can be utterly heartbreaking. It’s crucial that the artist perfectly captures not just the look of a person, but their personality too.
It’s almost impossible to believe that you could find the right artists to do complete this important task online, and yet there are a few things you can do to help ensure that you have a successful search when looking for the right artist.
- Look for previous examples of the artist’s work. Ask to see copies of the paintings and the photographs that were used. If you are happy with the likeness and the quality then you know you’re one step closer to finding the artist to commission to paint a memorial portrait of your loved one.
- Check to see if the artist will provide a proof. A good artist that provides memorial portraits should have no problem agreeing to provide a proof for your memorial painting.
Another difficult aspect of the process is choosing the image that you will give to the artist to use as a basis for the memorial portrait. Some people prefer a head and shoulders photo, while others prefer to use a full profile picture. Whatever you choose, make sure that you are 100% happy with the photo before giving it to the artist.
Memorial paintings can be a very personal and meaningful gift to give to someone who has experienced a loss, but for most people memorial portraits are personal requests that will be featured in their own home.