Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mom - Mad Hatter

Mom - Mad Hatter
9 x 12
Oil on Raymar Panel

I come by my love of hats honestly.  My mom always loved hats and had some of the most fabulously outrageous ones...I loved them all.  She often wore tall hats as she is only 5 feet tall and my dad was 6 feet 3 inches.  I wish she had kept them...but alas a military lifestyle is not conducive to holding onto things that were not necessities.  

I collect hats. Love to wear them and I use them extensively as props for my models when I paint and I just love looking at them.  I am always looking for something unusual...but a top hat with a blusher veil will always wins me over.  

This portrait is one of the ones that I thought was finished a couple of days ago.  Then after letting it sit and re-evaluating I decided to re-work some if it...which led to re-working all of it a few more times.  The last thing I did was the reflection of the shirt on the neck, cheek and chin.  Then I had to call it done.  


  1. This has to be a favorite of your portraits Maria! She's beautiful! Perfect expression and I love the limited color palette....nice work!!!

  2. What a lovely lady! She looks so regal in this composition. Yay Maria!


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