Archive for the ‘ART is from the heART’ Category

Portia Freno joins the Little Miss Fashion family ♥

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Great news! I am officially a part of the Little Miss Fashion team! Everyone knows how much I love to write and my passion for fashion is no secret, so being a fashion reporter makes perfect sense. I get to attend great events, meet fantastic people and then share them with you all 🙂 I also get to work with wonderful and inspirational people, like Zoe Yates; founder of Little Miss Fashion. LMF was labelled no.6 fashion site by the Daily Telegraph in the “Top 50 Fashion insiders”.  Recent write ups to look out for include Fashion Mavericks, the Masato launch at Scarecrow Boutique and Rock the Catwalk. If you ♥ Fashion, then check out LMF and follow me on my exciting fashion journey xx





Splash! Portia Freno beach shoot

July 28, 2011 10 comments

On Saturday I was off to France with the amazing Adrian Pini, to shoot with FIVE photographers! I was expecting it to be a very hard and challenging day, and although was a little excited, saw it as work all the same. However, it was nothing but a pleasure from start to finish! I was very fond of all 5 photographers, so much so that, even when I was freezing my arse off in wet clothes I still smiled and laughed and delivered. It’s always delightful to shoot with like-minded and positive people; Adrians passion for his work is undeniable and it definitely sparks motivation within the teams he works with.

The advantage of shooting with 5 photographers is you get 5 different styles, angles and perceptions, and each photographer added their own unique flair. And of course, I did my thing 🙂

In the future, I would like to do an individual piece on each photographer I worked with to introduce them to you, so if ever you need a photographer you know where to go to.

I got some AMAZING shots, truly, truly amazing and I cannot wait to share with you. I actually had to give myself a pat on the back cos I was definitely on my A game, plus I had no hair or make up so had to work harder to make the pictures strong and believable. The end result saw hundreds of natural snaps lazing in the dunes, splashing in the water and strolling along the beach. I also had to film videos which I am very excited in seeing. Here are some behind the scenes pics xx

Credits: Adrian Pini, Ayad Al Adnani, Mikey Dread, Sam Chronicle, David Kittos, Terry King

ART is from the heART – Luke Nugent

The other day I had the pleasure of shooting with the talented Luke Nugent. I had been selected to shoot for Ohema Ohene’s look book, and was happy to hear that Luke would be shooting.

Like his photographing style; Luke himself is interesting, different and stands out from the crowd. He was sweet and a pleasure to work with. We literally shot together for about 5 minutes, if that, but that was enough to get the shots needed.

Luke Nugent’s images tell a story; you are immediately drawn in to his imagery. He captures characters and stories; a rare skill that many aspiring photographers may never quite grasp. His work is fresh and modern, and I really look forward to seeing what the future brings for him. Currently working on his online publication and breaking into fashion film, Luke sure is keeping himself busy. He also recently worked with Jessie J, and did you catch his pics of Sky Ferreira? Hot! One of my faves. I couldn’t possibly upload all of my favourites, but peep some of his work including myself, below, and check out his best work here

Luke Nugent’s Twitter Page

Bob Marley; RIP King

May 11, 2011 2 comments

It has been 30 years since the Legend Bob Marley sadly passed away.  Marley’s music was strongly influenced by Jamaica’s social issues. So many of his lyrics inspire me; and although he has not been with us for a while now, his presence is so strong, and his memory could never be erased.  What a wonderful man, to sing such conscious music and to have such a huge effect on the world.

I hope we are all Jamming to the sounds of Bob Marley today. RIP King.

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“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver & Gold”

“I don’t have prejudice against meself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white”

Bob Marley’s final words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life”.

ART is from the heART; Mohammed Abbagana

April 12, 2011 5 comments

I had to share with you the work of such a young and talented artist known as Mohammed Abbagana.  After the 25yr old Nigerian painter sent me one of his drawings I was very eager to see and find out more.  This is what Mohammed told me;

“My name is Mohammed Abbagana. I am Nigerian. I am 25, a sagittarius. I like to draw for fun; it’s a stress relief.  Realism for me is more of a philosophy and an approach, rather than a style. Painting is an excuse to interact and engage with the world around me. I see my art as both individual portraits of people and as a collective portrait of my surrounding world”.

Mohammed moved from Lagos, Nigeria to the UK 14 years ago and 6 years ago moved to London to attend university. He is very passionate about his work and is wanting to share it with the world. The drawing below is one of my favourites; Mohammed said for now he is calling it “acceptance”. You will be seeing this work on the London underground.


I love this image created using pencil, charcoal and coffee, and like most art it will mean what it means to the consumer; often what the artist feels when working isn’t always how the imagery will be perceived or understood. So I asked Mohammed what this picture meant to him.

“I wanted to depict a strong black woman,but also delicate and fragile, awaiting the light. I wanted to use the contrast of the ridged walls to the smoothness of the lady’s skin and also accomplish chiaroscuro”.

I have also picked out a few more of my faves from this little gem. Peep below.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined” – Mo Abba-ganna

Stop Domestic Violence

Mo said "his work was taking his pencil for a walk"

"For all the people that take a toke once in a while"

This is meant to be Nicki Minaj but I believe it looks a lot more like her rival, Lil Kim

It’s my boy…. Midas!

January 24, 2011 1 comment

This is my boy from looooong time, so when he hit me up about his latest video it was only right that I blogged it. I’ve watched Mr Midas grow as a music artist and TV personality and I must say I am extremely proud. Check out the vid below and make sure you show him lots of love by following his success on twitter. Tell him Portia sent ya 😉


October 12, 2010 4 comments

I am currently reading a book on modern European art and came across Wassily Kandinsky who really caught my eye.

Kandinsky is credited for creating the first piece of modern abstract art. He got there, however, through years of theoretical thought and study. “Kandinsky’s creation of purely abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense theoretical thought based on his personal artistic experiences”.

I adore….

BILD MIT ROTEM FLECK – Painting with red spot 1914


Look closely at both; you will discover the most amazing and beautiful things. Or maybe that’s just me. If you see nothing at all, damn you’re in trouble!

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