Saturday, February 21, 2015

Maria Bennett Hock - self portrait

Maria - February 2014
9 x 12
Oil on Raymar Panel

My version of the selfie takes a bit longer than the nano-second it takes to click a camera on a phone.  I have been wanting to work from life more and find that I am usually the only one I paint self-portraits.  I have difficulty seeing myself and my canvas without wearing my all my self portraits have my glasses slipped down my nose a bit.  

I think it was important for me to do this self portrait because my last one was so angst-filled!  I needed to do an "I'm OK" self portrait.  

Now I can concentrate on getting some paintings that I am all warmed up!  

Friday, February 13, 2015

My Hero - My Pepere

My Hero - My Pepere
16 x 20
Oil on Raymar panel

There is nothing more comforting than being in safe in the arms of someone you know will protect you at all cost and who loves you unconditionally.  This is a portrait of unconditional love.  

One of my artistic goals is to paint with more spontaneity.  I love the loose look of paint that appears to be randomly splashed on the canvas.  What I have learned through the years is that the look of spontaneity comes with practice.  It sounds like an oxymoron...controlled spontaneity...but it is what strive to achieve.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Hero - Daddy is home

My Hero - Daddy is Home
16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel

Sketch for larger piece/NFS

While visiting my son and his wife on a military base last summer I was fortunate to catch some touching moments between some military members and their families.  This is one such moment.  This dad had just gotten home from work and I could feel the love as he hugged his daughters.  I did this quick sketch in anticipation of doing a larger piece using some or all of these figures.  

The look the youngest daughter is giving her father is the one that completely stole my heart.  Not only do I love the feeling it gives me, as an artist I love the angle of her head and the lines in her jaw and neck.  Such a beautiful angle.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Happy Place - A little bit of heaven

 My Happy Place
16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel


I love moments like this.  So peaceful, so serene and I can just feel the love.  The young girl is safe in Daddy's arms and Daddy is protecting her.  Both Father and child feel special...feel safe.  At moments like this I wish time would stand still.  I wish I could be in this moment forever.  

My father is gravely ill.  He has had a wonderful life and has been a great example of everything I want to be in my life.  But I am not ready to lose him.  I knew this time would come but part of me never believed it would really happen. 

I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have such a wonderful Dad. I am filled with amazing memories.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeanne Bessette Workshop - Raleigh, North Carolina


This piece was painted at a workshop I attended in Raleigh North Carolina.  Jeanne Bessette was our fearless leader.  If you are not familiar with Jeanne's work check out her website.  All the figures are loosely representative of members of the class.  Jeanne is depicted by the figure on the end...she has her arms raised and is wearing a triangular top as an homage to her iconic "tada" figure for which she is known.  Each of my classmates are represented by something I noticed during the week.  It is a very personal piece...not for sale...just for me. 

Walking into the workshop I knew a couple of things.  I knew everyone would be using acrylic paints and they would all be painting in an abstract style.  I paint with oils and in a realistic style.  The reason I wanted to learn from Jeanne is that she is a marketing genius.  She knows a lot about pricing, galleries and moving careers forward.  I wanted to learn all I could.  Since the size of the class was so very small individual attention was ample.  Jeanne took time to address each one of us privately and discuss our needs, wants and dreams.  Jeanne encouraged each of us to reach up as high as we can...embrace our bigness...and enjoy success.  It was an amazing experience.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Old Violin - Maria Bennett Hock after William Harnett

The Old Violin painted by William Harnett in 1886.  This is my copy of "The Old Violin".  It was painted as a commission, Christmas present, for a client.  He remembers seeing a copy of this work in his home growing up and this reproduction brought back fond memories.  He requested it because he knows I am a copyist at the National Gallery of art. Unfortunately this particular painting is in a gallery that does not allow copyists...a small gallery.  I went to the National Gallery and took pictures and color notes... also used reference materials from the internet.  I also studied up on William Harnett and his nostalgic compositions.  It was a great experience and I am happy to say my client was pleased.  Great way to start the new year.

Friday, January 2, 2015


12 x 9
Oil on Raymar Panel

Still working on the 30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.  This is a quick sketch of yours truly...hard at work.  I am still fighting the mystery illness that has me under the weather but got up for a bit to get my painting done.