Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Feel the Love


Feel the Love
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24

I paint portraits of my family frequently.  They are available and will let me take source photos of them and some of them will even sit for me.  I also paint family because it makes me smile.  As I paint I remember our times together and it just makes me happy.  

This portrait is my younger brother, Richard, with a dear friend of his.  I was in Chicago visiting Richard and doing some portrait sketches of him when Mamta stopped by to visit.  I was fortunate to have my camera in my hand when they hugged...what a great moment to capture.  I knew immediately I wanted to try to capture the love on canvas.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Hat - International School of Bangkok all Classes reunion 2014


The Hat
11 x 14
Oil on Raymar panel

$150

I painted this one just for the hat.  I love that hat.  I love hats anyway and this one had such personality that I just had to paint it.  I took dozens of pictures of it and this one showed it off the best.  

This is the last day of the Leslie Saeta 30 in 30 series and I leave for a trip tomorrow so I am done.  I still have plenty of source photos from the ISB Reunion and I am sure I will revisit them from time to time so be on the lookout for friends and classmates from time to time. 

In Other news I am heading down to Charleston, South Carolina tomorrow for a few days.  I will be one of the four featured artists in a show titled "4 Shades of Red".  I am joined by three incredible artists  Helen Beacham, Carrie Roets Waller and Debra Keirce.  The show will be on display for the month of October with a reception on October 3rd from 5 till 8 at the Lowcountry artists Gallery, 148 E. Bay Street, Historic Charleston, SC.  If you are in the area please stop by!    



Monday, September 29, 2014

Swing Dancers - Honor flight - World War II memorial



Swing Dancing
oil on Raymar panel
8 x 16

SOLD

After all the excitement seeing the swing dancers at the World War II memorial last weekend I just had to do a quick sketch of two of the dancers caught in action.  They do a wonderful show...entertain the visitors and get many up on their feet to try their hand a swinging!  Such fun to watch! 

I am also working on a larger piece of my brother.  I flew to Chicago and he sat for me to paint him from life.  He sat and looked out the window, playing his harmonica.  He played for a long time...thanks to me!  My challenge was getting the likeness and capturing his hand gestures without making him stop.  This is a work in progress...lots left to do but I am excited about it.  


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Red Team - International School of Bangkok all classes reunion 2014

Red Team
International School of Bangkok all Classes Reunion
9 x 12
Oil on Raymar panel

$150

After a brief respite with travels to New York City for a YANKEES baseball game...watching #2 play in his last season and a trip to Chicago to do some portrait painting I am back and trying to get in a couple more 30 in 30 paintings done before the challenge is over!  

This is the flag carrying ceremony as the games were about to begin.  The teams are all color coded and theoretically we all remember our colors from high school and join in the team spirit!  It was great fun with lots of antics...as you can imagine.  BUT...what goes on at the ISB reunions STAYS at the ISB reunions!  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Watching - International School of Bangkok all Classes reunion

The Games
International School of Bangkok all Classes Reunion
9 x 12
Oil on Raymar Panel

$150

This is a group intently watching the games at the ISB reunion.  I am really trying to be loose here but still capture the essence of the personalities in this piece.  It was hard to walk away without nitpicking and getting into more detail but I am happy with where it landed.  




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Singha - International School of Bangkok all Classes Reunion - 2014


Singha
International School of Bangkok all Classes Reunion
8 x 16
Oil on Raymar Panel

$150

Singha is the beverage of choice for the ISB crowd.  I don't even know where they get it but it shows up at every reunion!  I chose to paint a bottle...so unlike me as I usually stick with figures and portraits...but I thought this truly represented ISB.  So it is a portrait of sorts.  

My bottle of Singha beer is a continuation of my 30 paintings in 30 days hosted by Leslie Saeta.  


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mary - International School of Bangkok Thailand all Classes Reunion - 2014

Mary
International School of Bangkok all Classes Reunion
8 x 8
Oil on Raymar Panel

$150

When we lived in Thailand we lived in a compound that held three houses.  Our landlord lived in one and the Mary Gardner and her family lived in the other.  Mary was in my brother's class...her sister Cassie was my classmate.  How fun to see Mary again at the ISB reunion and talk over old times.  She looks great and it at a wonderful place in her life.  Nice that even though we lost touch we still connect and had such fun reminiscing about the good old days.  

This is a continuation of my 30 paintings in 30 days challenged and hosted by Leslie Saeta.