The Way I See It From My Big Eyes-
As you may or may not know, I continue to have a fear of animals which I have not been able to overcome despite seeking the advice of two well-known married veterinarians in Atlanta, Dr. Will, and Dr. Fran Draper. You may remember the duo from a previous feature interview with them regarding their new pilot show titled “Love & Vets“. https://youtu.be/cP0aVq7jGwo
Even though the fear of animals remains with me, I still enjoy admiring them from a distance.
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” – Martin Buber
I recently met Meredith Balossini who has the creative ability to transform a photo of your favorite animal into a long-lasting memory and keepsake. Meredith took a charcoal drawing class as a pre-requisite college course in 2007. As a favor to a friend, she drew a portrait of her friend’s Yorkie who died unexpectedly. Once she showed the finished product to her friend, it made her realize how much-untapped talent really existed. The joy it gave her friend to see the portrait was priceless. She could feel how special it was to remember her animal via a portrait and it also helped her to eliminate the sadness when it passed away. From that point on, Meredith continued to draw as a hobby. She has a love for animals and realizes how much impact animals can have on our lives. By capturing the spirit of the animal, especially the eyes, it’s possible to keep a part of the animal with you forever.
Meredith’s technique uses three items: paper, charcoal and an eraser (or many erasers). The paper is blacked out with charcoal and she uses an eraser to reduce the black. Her sole purpose is to capture the spirit of a well-loved pet as a piece of art to hang on the walls.
Note: Pricing starts at $100.00 and comes with an 18 x 24-inch piece of paper that can be resized depending on the size of the final product. Short haired animals tend to be more expensive due to the detail that goes into something with fur that short. In addition, all pictures are done in Charcoal black and white – no color. You have a choice to have the artwork matted and framed by Meredith (for an additional cost), or it comes rolled in a protective casing. (Portraits can be mailed as well in this casing to areas around the world). Each picture can take anywhere from 5 hours to 20 hours, depending on the individual portrait.
All you need to provide is a DIGITAL picture with high megapixels so that the image can be blown up without losing content. If you cannot get a proper picture, she is willing to come take the picture of your animal for you, however, this may incur an additional charge. For 10% off, please use code “BIGEYES” in the subject line.
Congratulations Meredith for allowing your passion to create memories from the EYES of animals!
-From My Big Eyes