The Watcher is the third painting in my Pow Wow series. This guy was waiting to dance and had a very intense look about him. I was especially intrigued by the cast shadows on his face, but I think my favorite part of the painting are the tassels hanging from his jacket. I'm not sure yet, but I may take a break from the Pow Wow and do some paintings from a Renaissance Festival we attended. We'll see which part of me wins out!.
I just realized I had not added this painting to my website! This is the second in my Native American series from photos taken at a Pow Wow last fall. I am working on the third now and should have it on the website sometime this coming week.
So...I went to my first Pow Wow this past summer. I say first, because I don't think it will be my last. The Native Americans were a pleasure. Their outfits were amazing as was their dancing. I don't know how they danced in the hot sun with all those clothes! I was roasting in the bleachers. Anyway, I digress. Dance of the Hunt is the first in a series of paintings to come from that event. Look for the next one in about a week or so. I am having so much fun painting these!
This is a commissioned portrait I just completed of my boss' wife, Lynn, and her horse, Spirit. No pressure! Fortunately, I work for really wonderful people and Lynn and Kirby were amazingly patient as it took me a long time after they gave me the photo to paint this one! I think I was somewhat intimidated by painting a full sized, detailed horse, and of course, scenic backgrounds always intimidate me. There are at least twelve layers of paint on some parts of Spirit's face and only one layer on other parts of her face, which gives it that velvety texture. I especially like the way Lynn's hair and mouth turned out. I always have some part of each painting that pleases me greatly, but I don't think I've ever been satisfied with any painting in its entirety. This is the thing, I believe, that persuades us to strive to do better and better with each successive painting.
Here's a new one of my niece, Ashley. Although I have many beautiful nieces, I keep painting Ashley, and she has been very gracious about it! My original intention was to leave the background mostly white with some splashes of color here and there surrounding Ashley. However, things got out of hand, as they often do with watercolor, and the color just kept landing on the paper, so I just went with it!
This is another commissioned portrait. This one is of my neighbors two sons, Devon & Keiran. I see these kids (and many others) playing street hockey about 6 days out of 7 and always enjoy the sight and sound! They also play ice hockey on competitive teams and are very active and energetic. I've watched them grow up and was thrilled when their mom asked me to paint this as a surprise for their dad's birthday and I think I can say that he was thrilled to receive it.
This is a commissioned portrait of a very beautiful young lady painted from one of her senior photos. She had a very soft, pretty look so I tried to keep the colors somewhat subdued.
This is based loosely on a photo of my sister-in-law and niece taken during an afternoon of sightseeing in the French Quarter. Rose was dragging a bit by then. Miriam was wearing dark sunglasses, so I couldn't see her eyes in the photo. The eyes I "gave" her are not as pretty as those she actually possesses. Sorry about that, Miriam! The point, however, was to try to capture a moment between the two.
It's a little later than promised, but here it is. This is my friend and neighbor, Wendi. It was painted from a photo I took at our crawfish boil this past spring. It was one of those "I have to paint this" photos! If you go to the Gallery and click on the thumbnail image there to enlarge it, you can see the shade canopies from the crawfish boil reflected in her sunglasses.
Hmmm...it turns out I wasn't finished. A little cropping, a little background work, dirtied up his tennis shoes (he is, after all, a little boy) and strengthened the shadows. I may still do a little more work on it. Many thanks to my artist friends for all their suggestions. I may rename it Tree Monkey. Let me know what you think.