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.