What a treat and honor it was to paint this portrait! This gentleman is an incredibly talented architect here in Charlotte. I was lucky enough to paint both his daughters, and much to his wife’s surprise, he decided he wanted his portrait done. There is no vanity involved here. I think he’s just fascinated with portraiture. He was gracious enough to also take the time to sit for me so that I could do color studies from life. I’ve become so spoiled that I really resist painting from a photograph. I am fascinated by the colors and subtleties of life!!!
Here’s the color study that I did from life. Thanks to Chris Saper — one of the many things I learned from her was to keep swatches of the colors I use for various flesh tones on my study. So that’s what those colors on the side of the study are.
Color Study for The Architect, 12×16, Oil/Linen
I learned another lesson during this process. I decided to paint on an oversized canvas, so that I could crop later. So many times when I’ve completed a painting, I wish that I could move something over a little. So I decided to make sure I was happy with the final cropping. Once I removed it from the stretchers though, it was another story!!! Restretching a painted piece of linen is not easy! I finally ended up taking it to a local framer and they did a beautiful job of restretching it.
Can you tell I love painting people??? Grateful!!!
This is me at the Portrait Paint Off trying to complete a painting in an hour and 45 minutes. Clearwater Artists Studios, in Concord, host an annual portrait paint off with five selected painters. The whole event is 3 hours — with wonderful baked goods and baskets of goodies to be raffled off. For the last two hours, we paint, with an audience of about 150 people. They were wonderful supportive and didn’t ask too many questions. Which is a good thing, since I tend to switch off the talking part of my brain once I start painting. I love the opportunity to paint with other painters. Gordon James, Barbara Ellis, Isaac Payne and Mark Stephenson were the other featured painters. It’s such a delight to see how everyone handles the same model in a completely different and wonderful way! This is an iPhone shot of the final painting. I started with my Zorn palette, but introduced some other colors because of her dress. We had another row of painters who could set up behind us, so we had a full house of painters and audience.
Grateful to Sarah Gay and Clearwater Artists Studios for the opportunity!! Painting with the clock ticking is a good practice I think!
Collage of most of my daily paintings from January
I decided to post a collage of most of my daily paintings from January. I’ve sold a few and had some questions about whether or not they are for sale. So yes they are!! Most are posted on www.dailypaintworks.com and most reasonably priced at $75/each. Please go look if you’re interested!!
I am a part of a wonderful little group of artists who paint together every week from life. Today our model “no showed” so Todd – one of our amazing artists – agreed to model. This is from a 3-hour session, painted with the Zorn Palette.
The Zorn palette has become my go to palette. It’s so much easier to only have four colors out, and I feel like if Anders Zorn liked it, I’m good with it!! I’m starting to use my palette knife a bit more in places. All those daily paintings using the knife has made me so much more comfortable with it.
Looking forward to teaching another Zorn class. I’m waiting for the doctors to give us a gameplan for getting my husband well before I feel confident to put it on the calendar. Hoping to teach a beginners oil class as well — and maybe a palette knife class. I’m really enjoying teaching!
I can’t believe I’ve done it! 31 days of daily paintings. I’ve learned a lot! I’m also ready to get back to some bigger projects, but who knows I may come back to daily painting!
This teacup is a piece of Wedgewood that my Mom left me. The pewter pitcher was one of her pieces as well. Nostalgic to use these pieces in a piece of art.
Thank you to the Strada Easel folks for issuing this challenge as well as Leslie Saeta for her 30in30 challenge. I was able to combine both — doing a daily painting which satisfied Leslie’s challenge – and doing them all from life, which satisfied the Strada Easel challenge (and one extra day). I’m grateful for all the learning!!!
Day 31 complete!! All the best to you and yours!!!
Had so much fun painting this! Got to pull out phthalo turquoise! Love those colors! Part of the biggest challenge of doing a still life is creating interesting compositions. Now all my tchotchkes ( definition: a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional) have become much more interesting to me as possible subjects for a painting. I’m also loving incorporating strong lighting so I get good shadows.
Day 29! OMG! Only two more paintings to complete the challenges I agreed to. I’ll be interested to see if I miss it. I’m ready to get back to some larger paintings that take more time to develop – I think! We shall see!
I’ve been wanting to paint this guy for awhile. He’s one of the pieces I inherited from my Aunt Robin — who I was named after! She was a very special lady! Traveled all over the world, sang with the Robert Shaw Chorale, worked for Newsweek. Way ahead of her time, she lived in Queens in NY by herself. Once when I went to visit her we decided to meet at a musical in town. She took the subway and I took a cab. When we got there a crowd was gathered around a cabbie and an older gentleman in some sort of dispute. Everyone was standing around watching the cabbie push on the old guy. My aunt walked right into the middle of it and pushed them apart.
This Buddha statue was from one of her trips. I have a studio in my home today because of her. I moved her to Charlotte when she was struggling because of her age. After living in some assisted living situations, we decided it would be great to have her at home with us. I spent a lot of time with her anyway. We designed my studio right next to her suite, so I could be available to her whenever she needed me. Put in large hallways to accommodate her wheelchair. Anyway, she passed before it was done. But I think of her often when I’m in my studio and that part of our home. Thank you Aunt Robin for letting me be a part of your life for your last years! It was an honor and a privilege!!!
Day 26, Buddha, dedicated to Jessie Roberta Allardice, Aunt Robin.