Monday, January 27, 2014

Love Letters - Reminiscing about the past

Love Letters
16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel

$600

My dear friend Renee agreed to sit for me so I could paint from life.  I have painted her portrait three times so far…once from the sitting and two from photographs.  This is an emotional piece…a woman reminiscing on her life while reading letters from the past.  
The table is scattered with letters as if she had been there a long time reading and re-reading words written long ago.  The daisies remind me of the "he loves me-he loves me not" practice of pulling petals to reveal feelings.  The red scarf shows love surrounding her but falling off one shoulder representing love lost.  I was able to achieve my vision for this piece though this woman really doesn't look like Renee…it resembles her but Renee is much more beautiful.  

The best part about Renee's visits is just that; the chance to visit.  We shared stories and I  got to know one of the kindest people in the world.  I am truly grateful that she took time from her day to come to my studio and let me find my vision.   

12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...Beautifully and sensitively painted. Renee looks so perfect and sweet and I just love how you painted her...well done!

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy. She was such a good sport while I painted!

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  2. This turned out beautiful. The story to go along with this lovely lady makes it even more beautify. Job well done Maria.

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    1. Thanks Nancy! I love paintings that tell a story.

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  3. Very nostalgic piece. I don't like to reminisce. Life is best right now, wouldn't you agree?

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    1. I choose to reminisce only about good times Carol…and live for the present!

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  4. Somber - for a serious painting. You really set the mood here….wonderful piece.

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  5. This is a great painting Maria. You have captured the mood beautifully. Love it.

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  6. This has a lovely old world feeling about it...beautiful tones and colors! The story is wonderful too!!

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  7. I LOVE to reminisce, Maria.. This painting should be hanging in a museum...the story is lovely and I congratulate you on a beautiful piece!!

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  8. Very emotional, Maria, and comes through even without your explanation. I think it is one of your best. Beautiful!

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