Three hour session with a lovely model Rhia. No measuring, or rules… just finding my way through the shadows and lights, just like a landscape. Lots of squinting and correcting: lighter, darker, warmer, cooler. Attempt no. 3 painting a portrait from life in oils went much smoother than the first two. Practice works. Now…who wants to sit still for 3 hours?


Pursuing Portaiture

I am enjoying the challenge of painting people from life. Today I visited the Sorolla exhibit at the Meadows Museum. It was outstanding, somehow he painted huge (9×10 feet sometimes), outside with many people, and often waves in them. I don’t know much about his method, but I plan to learn. I am utterly inspired. If you don’t know his work google: JoaquĆ­n Sorolla y Bastida and look at the images, or better yet…head to Dallas before April and see the largest collection of his works gathered together in the last 100 years. The Meadows museum is on the SMU campus. I wandered the exhibit with a group of artists, and we had a special appreciate for his work, his brushstroke, color, and paint application.

Perhaps I will tackle one of those monumental paintings one day.


Children on The Beach, Sorolla 1903

Children Running Along the Beach, Sorolla 1908

Miriam Rose in Rose Light

I love the way everything glows rose as the sun is setting. This painting was done from a photo under the skillful eye of artist Anna Rose Bain. I getting more comfortable with portraits and oils with each try. Thank you Rick, for encouraging me to keep trying.

Yellow Roses on Purple

I am glad I worked through the boredom of the same subject, because I learned a lot about painting flowers over the last couple weeks. It was fun to play with the background colors, and abstracting the very close up shapes.

Three Sisters

Growing up there were two families on our street who had three girls. My mom has two sisters. I am grateful that all of my sisters have grown out of close friendships, for all three sets of sisters I knew as a child “fought like cats” as my mom would say.

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