Friday, March 6, 2009

Little Green Apples, study

Green apples painted on a grocery bag.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Westward Vision

One day, I was at the grocery store and I met a vision that took my breath away. Literally. Her name was Esther and she was behind the deli counter. Her mysterious hair was hidden in a paper wrap and her lilting accent mesmerized me. I wanted to paint her immediately but did not have the courage to freak her out by asking, so I asked for some baby swiss instead. Our paths would serendipitously cross again and she would become the subject of more than one painting. In this one, I am depicting her story, which she told me during a long sitting. She said that when she was a preschooler in Nigeria, she told her mother that she would one day go to America. She could not recall how she knew of America, but she looked westward from Africa from her earliest memory. I'm so thankful that she came all the way to Texas. Westward Vision was in the Richeson's first Top 75 Portraits international competition.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Stage One

I have so many paintings at various stages of incompletion right now, including this one. I have two unfinished paintings of this model, as a matter of fact. She sat for us 2 weeks in a row and most people took advantage of that, painting on the same painting for 6 hours. Since I wasn't too crazy about my first start, I chose to start another one. I plan to finish both of them and will share the results with you. At this stage of the painting, all I've done is mark critical lines and begun to put in brightest color spot, lightest light and darkest darks. My support is cardboard.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Quilt Cottage

This painting was begun on a misty early morning in Old Town Spring. After about an hour and a half of painting, this cottage opened for business. It's a quilt cottage and quilts were hung from eaves and laid across rails; I had to do a lot of painting from memory! My favorite part of this is the light was bouncing from the front wall to the ceiling, making it very warm and inviting. This painting is 8x10 oil on linen in a gold frame and is hanging in the Richeson Fine Art Gallery with a price tag of $650. If this painting is for you, call the director Terry Stanley at 800.233.2404 and claim it. I hope you like it.

Monday, March 2, 2009