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.
Check back in a few days...I will have a new painting up soon called Through Wendi's Eyes.
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.
I've wanted to do this painting since I took the photo about 18 or 20 years ago! So...here it is. I'm not sure if it's finished or not.
Lovie Dovie just won Best of Show at the Richardson Civic Art Society Membership Show. You could have knocked me over with a feather! The show can be seen at the Richardson Public Library, 2nd Floor until Nov 13, 2010. Also, Noodles (shown in the below post) won 2nd place in the Watercolor Division.
Here is my latest painting. This is my son, Drew's, cat. Her name is Noodles. Being a Siamese, she is a very vocal kitty. I think she's getting ready to talk to someone here. Below I have posted pictures of the painting while it was in progress. You can see some of the many layers that are involved. Hope you enjoy! Oh, and feel free to comment or ask questions. I love constructive criticism. Also, be sure to visit the Gallery page where you can click on the image for an enlarged version.
Whew...the website is finally finished. Now I can get back to painting. Please feel free to leave your comments.