Tuesday, July 28, 2009


This painting was from a photograph I took in a workshop with Gladys Roldan de Moras. We worked on a pose (picture below) for a day but during the model breaks, Carla would roll onto her back, shut her eyes and rest. I asked if I could take a picture and she agreed.

The blanket was her family heirloom and was just gorgeous. The embroidery on it was delightfully complex. I repainted it several times trying to get the tones right. Definitely needed a photograph to keep me on track.

Carla was actually reading the book during the class pose which is why her resting pose struck me as poignant. When I read a book that affects me, I do that to... hug it to my chest, close my eyes and savior the words.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mr. Blue Jeans

This is another Different Strokes from Differnet Folks challange. This is a figuartive painting challenge; trying to get the "weight" of the figure correct, not a portrait. I am pleased with the way he turned out. The denim of the shirt and pants were a challenge being that they are about the same color and value but they turned out well. I bet you can tell from the title what is my favorite part. (Plus, it reminds me of Mr. Green Jeans from Capt. Kangaroo. I used to love that show and the magic drawing board.)