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.
Michael 20×24 Oil on Canvas
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.
This is one of my favorite paintings. It’s not incredibly refined but there is something about it that really appeals to me.