This lovely young woman is one of my co-workers who graciously agreed to model for me. We chose a day she was available that just happened to be a perfectly beautiful day. I'm so happy with the cooperative sunlight and shadows - just what I was hoping for. And I'm equally grateful that, as much as I tried and nearly succeeded, I didn't fall into this fountain while I was setting up her pose. The title of this painting refers to the subject more than the wonderful sunlight. Emily thank you. You are beautiful inside and out.
I am so happy we're back in the sunny months! As a Hoosier, we have to wait for warmth and good sunshine to find it's way back to Indiana after long, cold winters, but this little scene is from the southeastern coastal area where such gifts are more plentiful. This couple was deep in conversation while taking a late afternoon walk on the beach.
Old brick homes, probably built around the time of the civil war, are still found everywhere in our region and probably all of the country. They have a timeless charm. We were invited to paint this one by it's owner during a plein air workshop but this painting was done yesterday from my photos of that event. On this day, it was extremely hot but a storm was closing in, providing a wonderful wind.
All last week I was in a paint-slump. Even though I had a head full of loose ideas for painting subjects, I couldn't gather any momentum for actually starting one. It's like having a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear. Then yesterday, the switch flipped and I painted this little flower arrangement and the little dog portrait just posted. Both are small, but successful in achieving what I was after, in this case to capture the texture and sparkle of light coming through a crystal vase.
Continuing on with the little portraits of my own loved ones to go up on my peeps collection, this is my precious friend Mona. Mona was also the subject of the painting "The Dixie Chick" which was posted back in Jan. 2012 after our girl trip to Hilton Head. She's a New Orleans girl, passionate about music, art, her friends and family, and is the epitome of southern grace and style and COOKING! I'm so lucky to have such beautiful and talented people in my life.
There are so many things to say about my friend Beth. I painted her and posted it here once before and noted at that time how absolutely photo resistant she is. She's incredibly slippery and is brilliant at avoiding the camera, something we have in common. It's a miracle that I had this nice straight on picture to work with since she's usually captured as a blur.
A month or two ago I posted a little portrait of Beth's husband Roger and she, like him, is a person with a philanthropist's heart. So much so in fact, that I choose them both to represent an "everyday star" in Ft.Wayne's Murosity Project ( Murosity = Mural + Generosity by highlighting a person or persons who give their time and talents to contribute to the betterment of this community ). Click here for the website and mural. Hint : My panel is 6th from the left on the second row. And here is my panel illustrating Beth among some of the critterdom she so loves.
12 x 12
acrylic on canvas
The panels were prepped with the subtle image of the overall painting of the mural, and the task of each artist was to create their painting within the constraints of that image.
I painted Beth this time just for Scott and me and will join the others on my wall of peeps we love.