Monday, January 6, 2014

Painting from life - Rene

9 x 12
Oil on Raymar Panel


Today was a fabulous and trying day.  Rene, my dear artist friend, came over to sit for me.  I am working on a special project and wanted to paint from life.  We set up the scene and she sat…and I painted…then wiped…then painted…then wiped…then painted.  This is what I ended up with.  I am getting there, but it will take a while.  I know I am trying to paint to fast and I need to evaluate and measure each stroke, each color, each value…step back…evaluate again and proceed.  It was fabulous because, though trying, I learned so much and am more excited than ever to pursue this project.  I just hope Rene will hang in there with me.  She is a fabulous person with so many wonderful stories.  I thoroughly enjoyed her visit.  weather permitting she will be back on Friday morning!


  1. I admire you so much to be painting portraits. They are so exacting. You did a great job.

  2. This is going to be good!!! I love it already! What a wonderful time to spend together...I love your portraits Maria:)

  3. fabulous start fact I kind of like it just as it is! A great mixture of finished and unfinished areas. great brushstrokes and color choices.

  4. You are doing great, Maria!! I am impressed!

  5. Wonderful model, Maria... I love the way you painted the skin...nicely done!!!


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