The dark-eyed junco was, sadly, a victim of one of my cats. I’ve rearranged the bird-feeders now, so things have improved. No needless victims. I’ve been using these little tatami mats for several pictures which I’ll share by and by. Oil, 8×10″, linen covered panel.
Oil study of Honey Girl. She was a gentle, wise companion to my niece. HG will be be much missed.
I asked Ben to wear his work clothes, and bring some essential tools along to the sitting. He’s a lineman and often joins teams across the country to restore power after storm damage.He’s my son.
Benny and Maddie, 8″x10″, oil. Indirect method, aka Old Masters method with underpainting and glaze layers. I took a series of photos and urged no teeth, and lift your chin. I know many times I’ve observed portraits, with teeth showing in a smile, in which the subject appears a bit strained. In the hands of a Frans Hals, well, it’s an effortless mastery of observation and craft. Read more…