Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Ranunculus Flowers Painting

Ranunculus Flowers,  acrylic on gessoed paper, (11" x 14"),  2014

I bought a new bunch of ranunculus flowers last week and now feel the pressure to paint them before they die. Sounds pretty terrible, but that's just the way it is when you buy cut flowers. At least a plant doesn't give too much trouble…it just sits there and grows (or slowly dies as the case was this winter for many of my plants, especially the cactus ones).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Historical Portrait: Ann part 2

Ann (Nancy) Johnson c. 1770 part 2,  acrylic on gessobord, (5" x 7"),  2014


I don't usually do more than 1 painting from a found image, but I had the urge to do a second historical portrait of Ann Johnson.
The first painting of Ann was done last year on a 10" round canvas and she looks younger and different than this second version, which is to be expected since I try to begin every new painting without too much expectations and also without too much over-thinking. Analytical painting is not my thing. I prefer instinct mixed with technique (if you can't draw, people will know).

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Portrait: Girl with Dark Hair

Girl with Dark Hair,  acrylic on gessoed paper,  (11" x 14"),  2014

Another new portrait that I worked on last weekend.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Portrait Painting: Girl Looking Back

Girl Looking Back,  acrylic on paper,  (11" x 14"),  2014

A recent portrait that I finished last week. I keep gravitating to paper instead of canvas for my paintings.
I think the texture of the canvas is a distraction for me and I prefer a smoother surface to work on, especially when doing faces.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Everyday life: beanbag chairs

Lorenzo contemplating the secrets of the universe on his new beanbag chair.

Early Saturday morning, the kids and I took the bus to Target to check out the beanbag chairs that they had on sale.
Initially, we were shopping only for one chair for Greta's room, but Lorenzo thought that it would be good to have one for his room as well. I was skeptical because Lorenzo is so tall now and I didn't think he would find a low-to-the-ground soft chair very comfortable. So, Lorenzo decided to "model" the chair for me and  he took off his coat and sat on the chair in the middle of the store aisle and I must admit, he looked good.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Portrait Painting: Yellow Halter Top

Yellow Halter Top , acrylic on paper, (10" x 14"),  2014

A new portrait that I made last weekend. I keep making plans to work on some new nude paintings, but somehow I am compelled to paint faces instead.