Of all the portraits I’ve done so far, I think this is one of my better and favorite ones. Except for the lace collar, I really worked to keep things flowing, not get bogged down in details, and to not overwork the paint. Working on the collar turned out not to be too bad; it was […]Read more "Day 22: I Dissent"
Building on the wonderful sense of solidarity with my BFFs at the Women’s March on Sacramento this morning, I started on this latest portrait of one of my heroes. I was really torn between painting “Resistance Auntie” and SCOTUS Ruth. But I’ve been thinking about Ruth for a couple of months now, so she won […]Read more "Day 21: Work in Progress"
And so a new era begins. So why not show a little appreciation to the man who helped usher it in? Check out those sparkling, mischievous eyes! Always up to something, that guy. This portrait study is BIG at 15″x22″. I painted this on large paper because my original intent was to make this part […]Read more "Day 20: You’re Welcome, America"
Another POTUS. Trying to do justice to one of my all time favorite photos of Obama. I feel like I’ve been overworking the last few portraits. I need to loosen up. Painting these portraits of the president actually gets me teary-eyed. I think this will be my last one of our current president for a […]Read more "Day 18: Waning Days"
I get a paid holiday today commemorating the great man, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. So with this day off, I get a chance to reflect and to try to do justice to this classic portrait photo of MLK with a watercolor painting. I don’t think it’s too bad for a first try. I worked on […]Read more "Day 16: Portrait of a King"
With this portrait of Robyn, I finally wrap up a series of portraits I agreed to do for trade for bodywork. This series was my first “commission” and turned out to be really challenging for me. What was originally going to be just 4 portraits turned into 8, and it took me almost 2 years […]Read more "Day 8: Robyn #4"
For the last many months, I’ve been working on a series of portraits. After posting some of my early work up on Facebook, my massage therapist, Kara, saw them and asked if I’d be interested in doing some portraits of her Body Advantage partners in exchange for bodywork sessions. She wanted something fun for her office instead […]Read more "Painting for Realz"