This is one of my all time favorite paintings. Done in a workshop with Miriam Durkin here in Charlotte. Every once in a while all the pieces come together. Wish it happened more often. Maybe as I learn more it will!!
This portrait has been repainted several times. It may yet be repainted again. Such a challenge to have a successful painting and a “likeness”!!!
Well my husband graciously allowed us to talk him into modeling for us. The last time I tried to get him to pose it wasn’t too successful. I told him to bring his guitar, but once he started to play I realized there was no way I was going to be able to paint him. No way to hold a pose and get into the music. This time he had three artists that he had to answer to so he was the perfect model. Think I may change the background, but I’m happy with the likeness.
This is Pamela — an amazing artist friend who I paint with —and recently modeled for us. We have a wonderful small group of women artists. We paint from life together, critique each others work and mainly support each other in this crazy life as an artist. I painted her one morning — about 2 hours — from life. Came back to my studio and completely wiped it out. While some of the brushwork was nice — it didn’t look a thing like her. So I worked from photos. I know that’s a faux pas for some artists. I’m an desperately trying to make the transition, but I’m still struggling and sometimes I resort to photos to help me along.
Rest in Peace
For those of you who know and love me know that I am a horse lover. I lost my Captain this weekend. He was a gentleman and a scholar. Always kind, happy to see me — only time I was inadvertently “dismounted” was when one of those nasty huge horseflies landed in the middle of his back. He knew way more than I’ll ever know. Trained beautifully by Lisa Wagner. He’s been a part of my life for the last decade. First as a lesson horse, then I leased him and when Lisa decided to sell him I couldn’t let him go.
He passed away on Friday after a sudden illness that we are still trying to figure out. In the meantime, I feel like someone kicked me in the chest. My heart is broken. I was so blessed to have hime a part of my life — so incredibly lucky. I’m hoping that he’s out there in horsey heaven with a new frisky body enjoying himself. He gave me so much joy and was the realization of a huge dream for me.
Thanks big guy… I’ll never forget you!