Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cornered - the Lady in Red



Cornered - Work in Progress
16 x 16
Oil on Canvas

I am working on a few things right now…exciting events coming up and always lots of painting to do.  This painting is from the photo shoot I did with my daughter in law, Marissa.  She is always so kind agreeing to pose for me…sometimes I can even get her to sit so I can paint from life.  Painting her from life always influences my work with photos.  This picture was taken in my dining room where the light is just perfect.  I fear my dining room table will never see the middle of that room again!  

One of my best friends was able to come for a visit from the Boston area.  We spent her time here visiting galleries/museums, touring monuments and painting.  It was a perfect visit!  The weather cooperated somewhat…at least we didn't get wet…but nothing could dampen our enthusiasm for our art chats! 

The final day of her visit we spent in my home studio.  Having never oil painted before she was hesitant to try but I encouraged, cajoled, and prodded until she agreed to try.  




This is her VERY FIRST oil painting ever!  She did a fabulous job!.  I set out the palette for her and then just made a few marks laying in darks to get her started.   After that she dove in with fabulous results.  She asked questions and I was pleased that I knew some of the answers and I tried to provide insights into things I have learned to make the painting go more smoothly.  

So Patricia Hutcheson Burkhardt is my first official art student.  

8 comments:

  1. Your painting of your daughter-in-law is so nice Maria. I love the lost edges on the right sided of her head. Very well done.

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    1. Thanks so much Nancy! She is very good to me!

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  2. Maria you are a great teacher! I hope your friend keeps painting.

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    1. I think she will Dawn. We keep in touch with email and send each other projects we are working on.

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  3. Fantastic! When the girls are older, we sending them to you for art camp :)

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  4. Lucy has been saying she wants to be an artist when she grows up, just like Aunt Maria.

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    1. Yayyy! Lucy and I will have to have an art day when you visit next!

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