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Costello Hinchey CHStudios.net Southwest, Virginia, U.S. "In the mountains, we forget to count the days..." happily, coexisting on a 40 acre homestead in the middle Appalachian mountains of Virginia. I spend most of my time with my precious family, of course. They are my biggest fans. Together we share a simple life of mountain living, art, singing and music and loving the outdoors. One can sit from our front porch and see the most wonderful view of Poor Valley. It’s not at all uncommon to see almost all forms of wildlife found in these mountains. Including black bear, bob cats, bald eagles, wild turkey, great blue herons, ground hogs, hawks, etc.I love gray & "soft" rainy days… And the mountains to me are like a big hug all wrapped up in my favorite quilt by the fire on a snowy winter day. Follow our musical group Poor Valley- The Band on Facebook. Our music is Nouveau Mountain style. It's a mix of traditional Appalachian music with a contemporary flair.Poor Valley - The Band

 

My other niche is my artistic creative side. Costello Hinchey Studios Fine Arts- commissions family & pet portraits & sports theme portraits, (from photos), fine art paintings, figure studies and other life paintings/drawings, photography, custom hand painted furniture, photo restoration, I love photo editing & graphic arts, murals, etc.visit: http://www.chstudios.net

* Poor Valley- The Band and Linda Costello Hinchey's Artwork, Creations & Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain & are copyrighted CHStudios© & CH Fine Arts© All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.

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Help your artist on a portrait commission

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on January 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (4)

The key to getting great detail, for me, is having great reference photos.

Because I put the photo/s up on my computer screen to work from and zoom in to for more detail, I specifically need the following types of photos.

....High resolution, crisp, high clarity, fairly close-up, eye-level (although some photos are very artsy if you get a good shot straight down or from underneath). When in doubt, just send it on for me to go over. There are some exceptions. I'll post some here. Send several photos to choose from. When in doubt, send it on.

 

Here are a few tips that will make it easier for me and for a better portrait...

 

It doesn't matter what device you use to photograph. Whether it's a professional camera, cell phone, tablet, etc. the key is to take sharp... high clarity, high resolution. Your phone, camera, etc. has "settings" for the resolution. The best place to find the settings for your cell phone camera is to pull up your camera (like your going to take a photo) and click on the little flower icon for settings. Click on "picture size" and choose the highest number. The higher the setting, the clearer and crisp the photos are. So, when I zoom in on my computer, it won't be digital or pixelated and fuzzy. I want to see lots of detail! :)

 

Shoot relatively close photographs (try to fill the frame with the subject), get down on their level (eye level) (stairs are great for this).

 

For crisp images that show needed detail and rich color, it's best to shoot outdoors on an overcast day or in an area with bright, filtered light without heavy glares from direct sun. Shooting on bright sunny days causes glares and washouts and you tend to lose a lot of detail and color. The same goes for flashes. So, avoid using flashes.

 

When shooting pets, it's always helpful to have the assistance of a friend with treats or a favorite toy. Use a zoom lens if you have it! FYI, do not use your cell phone zoom. It uses a digital zoom and is very pixelated and unclear. If you have a non-digital zoom lens, this is helpful. If your pet is like mine, they refuse to look directly into the camera. Mine almost acts as if they are scared of the camera when it's pointed directly at them and consistently looks away. Having a longer lens will help you to make those candid shots or while your assistant distracts them and holds their attention. I have found that these candid shots make the best photographic compositions. The more shots, the better the chance of getting great captures, thus a better portrait. The great photographers for National Geographic take thousands of shots before they will get that award-winning image!

 

Again, send as many as you can. The more sent the better chance I will have to find one that works for a successful portrait. Also, in some cases, I may need multiple photographs for better references.

 

(If you need more information and/or photo examples, let me know and I'll post more.) Artist, L. Costello Hinchey of www.chstudios.net












 

 

Teej Mixed Media

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on November 15, 2019 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My son recently came up to me and asked if I would do a portrait for him from one of his favorite photos. Well, I was thrilled! My kids are big fans but it's not often that a teenager will ask for artwork! Needless to say, I said yes! ...It made my day! Here is the final portrait. It's done in mixed media of mixed media paper. 

Here is the original photo. Can you tell it's a selfie? *wink*


Cat Study 1

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on November 15, 2019 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Cat study 1. This was a portrait I created for a gift this holiday and decided to do several more studies in the future. It's a mixed media study by

Artist, L. Costello Hinchey of www.chstudios.net



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Slowly But Surely!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on September 20, 2019 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I've got the floors done in one room of my new old studio farmhouse townhouse. Ha I don't have access, atm, to before photos but will post them later. My trusty compadre drools on the floor to christen it. lol Now to clean and paint the walls... Onward! Oh, and yes, I do plan on having murals! Check out the window! Does it remind you of Petticoat Junction? ...I'm dating myself. Ha!

Another Fresh Water Mussel Costume!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on August 9, 2019 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I started this costume almost a year ago. There is so much more to designing and creating these costumes that most realize. It's all painstakingly hand created and painted. Inspired by the Lampsilis fasciola, common name the Wavy-rayed Lampmussel complete with darter lure headdress. This one was created for the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Williamstown, West Virginia! Contact us to have your native species costume created!

The bottom photo shows the inside anatomy of the mussel.




My dream is finally coming true!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on April 13, 2019 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (1)

I've been very quiet here though in my art life there has been crazy exciting stuff going on! I'm finally opening an art studio outside of my home studios. Early this April (2019), I purchased a sweet little farmhouse style townhouse in the charming Appalachian Trail town of Damascus, Virginia. This sweet old house was calling to me! I want to share this journey with all of you. Especially, all of you who have followed me over the years to this special day. I am over the moon with excitement. Can you tell? The house was built around the year 1899 and is in need of some TLC. I'm considering using the two upstairs bedrooms for an AirBnB. I have so much to do and share with you all so I'll try to keep you posted as I go. I think I'll start a YouTube channel to document my journey. This has been a dream of mine that's finally coming true. Stay tuned! There is so much more to come! 



The Chiaroscuro Cat!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on January 5, 2017 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)
Presenting, the Chiaroscuro Cat! I really had fun with 
this commission. It's not often a client lets an artist
 have free reign over the commission but with this 
client, I am blessed! This portrait is a tiny 4x6 
graphite portrait of SammiJo. It's tough to get the 
detail when working with such a small size, but I 
think I managed to pull it off. 



Wrigley the Westie!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on January 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Say hello to Wrigley the Westie! He is my lastest pet portrait commission! 


Finally done!

Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on January 24, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I have several new pet portrait commissions ready to send to the customer. 


This is Leroy... and next is Ginger!


And the next two are Sig and Evander...



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