Celebrity Portrait

Anna Nicole

For the next 5 days, I will be sharing a different celebrity portrait that I have painted, along with their celebrity photo.

Today, I am posting my portrait of Anna Nicole Smith, born Vickie Lynn Hogan. She was a model, actress and television personality, raising to popularity posing in print ads for Guess jeans and later marrying oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall. Anna died in 2007, from a drug overdose in Hollywood, Florida.

For more celebrity portraits, go to www.hollypicano.com .

Anna Nicole

About the artist…
In her years of practice, Italian-American artist Holly Picano has explored beauty and desire through images of female faces. Studying Visual Communication from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Picano incorporates a commercial feel to her images of women. One of the artist’s most notable pieces is a red headed Ms. Behave, created for the Peachy Canyon Winery wine label. The recipient of an Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida, Picano continues her commitment to the arts through her paintings of female faces.

Celebrity Portrait

For the next 13 days, I will be sharing a different celebrity portrait that I have painted, along with their celebrity photo.

Today, I’m posting Italian-American music queen Madonna. She has kept us entertained from signing on with Sire Records in 1982, and she’s still going strong with her most recent appearance at Art Basel earlier this month. She has sold more than 300 million records, and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time.

For more celebrity portraits, go to www.hollypicano.com .

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About the artist…
In her years of practice, Italian-American artist Holly Picano has explored beauty and desire through images of female faces. Studying Visual Communication from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Picano incorporates a commercial feel to her images of women. One of the artist’s most notable pieces is a red headed Ms. Behave, created for the Peachy Canyon Winery wine label. The recipient of an Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida, Picano continues her commitment to the arts through her paintings of female faces.

Celebrity Portrait

For the next 17 days, I will be sharing a different celebrity portrait that I have painted, along with their celebrity photo.

Today, I’ll start with with Italian-American pop icon Gwen Stefani. I have always been a fan of Stefani’s mezzo-soprano vocals, and her bad-girl style is somewhat reminiscent of Blondie’s Debbie Harry, with a little more fashionista flair.

Beautiful, strong, and a little punk.

To see more celebrity art, go to www.hollypicano.com.

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3 Simple Art Site Improvements

I was on a mission to create a cleaner, more functional website for my art collectors. A site that would allow viewers to click on links to see samples of my previous book cover art, prints and original art.

I replaced the busy background with a simple white background, so the focus is more on the art itself and not so much on the background.

I changed the font to a simple black font, making it easier to read and easier to find more art to view, share or purchase.

Lastly, I chose to remove most of the images from the Home Page, giving it a cleaner look. I chose one piece of art that I felt represented my style well and move all of the other artwork to the Art page.

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Enjoy browsing the site and let me know if there is any art you would like to see on the site in the future! Maybe you have a favorite celebrity? You can leave your comments here or in the Contact the Artist section of the site.

 

Happy Birthday Rebel Heart

In celebration of Madonna’s birthday, I am posting paintings of the pop queen during the month of August.

This painting is my personal favorite in my collection. I created this after attending Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour in Atlanta, and after a trip to the Palace of Versailles, learning all about Marie Antoinette and her over the top lifestyle.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake by Holly Picano
Let Them Eat Cake by Holly Picano

Italians Do It Better

In celebration of Madonna’s birthday, I am posting a different painting of the pop queen each day.

This original acrylic painting was inspired by Madonna during the Bedtime Stories era.
This original acrylic painting was inspired by Madonna during the Bedtime Stories era.

The above piece was featured in the book titled “Madonna in Art,” by Mem Mehmet [Chaucer Press]. To view book, click here.

To see my cover art of Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and Anna Nicole click here for my Pinterest page.

Italians Do It Better
Photo by Kate Simon, 1986.

Portraits and Pinups

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Aura by Holly Picano
Aura by Holly Picano
Close Up Marilyn by Holly Picano
Close Up Marilyn by Holly Picano
Face Forward by Holly Picano
Face Forward by Holly Picano
Kate by Holly Picano
Kate by Holly Picano
Let Them Eat Cake by Holly Picano
Let Them Eat Cake by Holly Picano
Lucky Star by Holly Picano
Lucky Star by Holly Picano
Ms. Behave by Holly Picano
Ms. Behave by Holly Picano
Paris by Holly Picano
Paris by Holly Picano
Star by Holly Picano
Star by Holly Picano