Archive for Portraits

Art Classes Cleveland, TN

Posted in Blogroll, New Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2013 by mikeivey

I will be offering art classes for students in and around Cleveland, TN with an interests and propensity for fine art. I am offering private and group classes for youth to adult in oils, acrylics, colored pencil and pencil. I will offer basic drawing to advanced portrait help and will also help students with projects they are working on. You can see samples of my art at and contact me at


Four Dogs & a Squirrel

Posted in New Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by mikeivey

I recently finished this commission. I received six photos and some idea of what they wanted. The two dogs on the ground were looking up at Thanksgiving turkey about to be served in the photo I used and the two dogs in the ovals are faithful companions they recently lost. I decided to use the ovals as I have seen in old art work. The squirrel in the tree and the back ground were from photos of their back yard. Sometimes the composition is the biggest challenge of a commission because there are several things that the client wants in the drawing or painting. I always ask a lot of questions in hopes that I can let the drawing tell a story.  They wanted it in oil but there was no way to have it done for a Christmas this year.

She loved it. Within an hour after delivery I received this email:   “Mike, when I returned to the apartment I looked at the drawing more closely. The amount of detail is phenomenal! Every time I look at it I see something that I didn’t see before. It is truly exceptional. Thanks again for getting it done before Christmas. I couldn’t give my daughter a better gift. I would be happy for you to use my name as a very satisfied customer! Merry Christmas to you and your family. — Nancy” 

One of the joys of being an artist!Image

New Portrait – Kevin Daniel Yates

Posted in Commission, Oil Painting, portrait, Portrait Art, portrait artist, portrait commissions with tags , , , on February 1, 2011 by mikeivey

Kevin Daniel “Sunshine” Yates was killed by an intoxicated driver August 1, 2011. I have the honor of serving with his mother and father as chaplains at the Harris County Jail. I gave the original 16″X20″ carbon pencil drawing to them as a gift.

Why? Because I have two sons.


Portrait of Nancy and Zuri

Posted in New Posts, Oil Painting, portrait with tags , , on June 27, 2010 by mikeivey

6/26/2010 – Finished this 20″x28″ oil on canvas of my wife, Nancy and Zuri, one of our granddaughters September 2010. Nancy saw it for the first time tonight! Zuri is almost two now but the photo from which I painted them was taken at Zuri’s birth in Waco, Texas. The background was from photos in our bedroom. I noticed the light pattern on the wall one morning. The light patterns through the blinds were perfect for the photo taken in Waco. The lamp belonged to my mother and has been in the family for some time. The picture on the wall is Nancy’s wedding picture.

This is only the second portrait of my wife I have ever done. The first on was a pastel you can find on the family portrait page at this site. Nancy loved it!


Posted in Commissions, portrait, Portraits with tags , , on March 27, 2010 by mikeivey


This is a 16″X20″ carbon pencil I finished March 2010, for my chiropractor Dr. Hinds.

The gentleman on the bottom left is her father.

Cora Spoonemore

Posted in New Posts, portrait commissions with tags , , on January 30, 2010 by mikeivey

I finished this 18″X24″ oil on canvas early Jan 2010.

12/09 – New Charcoal Pencil Drawing

Posted in Carbon/Charcole, Commissions, New Posts, Portraits with tags , , on November 29, 2009 by mikeivey


This is a Charcoal Pencil that I just finished for Mandy to give to her father for Christmas.

Her father is standing next to his dad’s tractor that he rebuilt. His father, Mandy’s grandfather is looking on form the sky. It was one those pieces that was fun to do. The tractor made it fun!

(16″X20″ charcoal & carbon on paper)