Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mary

Mary
12" x 16"
Oil on panel
Not for sale
Another portrait I recently finished. I chose this pose because of the single light source.  I painted it in a grasaille first and when dry I  glazed a light flesh tone over the face of both woman and baby. I like the dramatic lighting on this and of course I love the subject matter.  It's my sister in law, Mary and her then baby, Anna, from a photo taken 35 yrs ago! Anna was a chubby baby, her dad called her "Chunky Noodle".

Copper Kettle





"Copper Kettle"
12" x 16"
Oil on board
$400.  + $8 shipping


 I set up the still life using a copper tea kettle and the little tea cup my mother in law gave me many years ago.  I grew the dahlias myself. In life, they were very pink, but they didn't work so well with the copper of the pot, so I altered them. Hey, it's my still life and I can do anything I want with it!
I entered it in the Dutchess County Fair fine arts competition and it won a blue ribbon in the still life category AND best in show for fine arts!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tommy

Tommy
12" x 16"
Oil on board
Not for sale
I've been working on this portrait of my son, Tom, for several months.  The first time I've ever painted on masonite. I thought I finished this painting, but both my sons said the same thing...."it's a combo of the two of us".  So, I had to re-work it.  Tom's hair isn't anything like Jerry's, but I'd given him a full thick head of it and Tom's isn't really like that. Ahem.  He's a little sensitive about that, so I won't say any more. Tom's face is a little swarthy, so I darkened the beard area and the eyes and suddenly it was Tommy and not a morphed version.
This view of him was painted from a photo my cousin, Sue, took at my niece's wedding last year.