This is the finished portrait of Benjamin Patillo. I used a picture by Tracy Allen Croysdale - a professional photographer. Her pictures of little "Banjo" were the inspiration for this painting. I really gravitated to the strong colors and intense look on Benjamin's face. These were taken this summer when he had just turned one. I am very proud of the delicacy I used on his face and the thick fast strokes I used in the background. This is one of my favorite portraits that I've ever done.
This is a VERY large painting for me to complete. I really think I captured the sky but blew it on the water. I just quickly drew in the other sailboats with my oil crayon and, surprisingly, I like the effect.
I have returned to teaching. This will be a hard 6 weeks because I'm not as familiar with the second grade curriculum as I am the 3rd and 4th. I already treat them like little people and it seems to work out well so far. This will only slow down my painting, not stop it! I will be painting on weekends with my dog, Chibi -because I don't get to spend as much time with him as I'd like. Long days and early evening for the next 6 weeks.
I finished Allie up today and signed it. This is what she looks like - at least to me. She is so beautiful, smart and kind - you can't imagine a better person. I'm sure her parents would agree. Now the hard part - letting her dry before I frame her!
I've just barely begun her hair! Some times when I look at it - it looks just like her and other times, I wonder how I could go so wrong. There is something that I've done or not done to the right side of her face ( I think it is her jawline) that isn't correct. I still have to darken the shadows that should be on the sides of her temples and work on her hair! I did get her nose but the shape of her face is off. Don't worry it WILL be correct before I finish or I'll start over.
This is an example of a great picture that is difficult to paint because it doesn' thave any deep shadows. The front flash deletes them when they take the picture.
I got the kiddos finished last night. It turned out better than I thought it would. It actually looks like their picture! They are SO cute. Maybe I'll keep it since I don't get to see them very often! This picture captures their personalities. Payton is a "wild Irish rose," and Morgan is a more quiet, deep-thinking little guy. They are both simply adorable and one of the loves of my life!
This picture was part of a Christmas card from my nephew Mike and his cute wife Nancy. I call them "the greats" because I have asked them to call me "Carol the great," rather than Great Aunt Carol! They are a precious pair - Payton, 2 yrs., and Morgan,about to turn 4. It isn't finished but I will have to put in the finishing touches when it dries. I did the whole thing in one day and the paint is practically dripping off the canvas.
I don't know who will get this. Karen Rike came up with a super idea - auction it off between the family members! It was lots of fun because I used my palette knife on a lot of it. I will keep you updated on the progress
I was born in Dallas, Texas quite a while ago. Went to school in Dallas and college in Denver,Colo. Now I live in Highland Park, a small suburb of Dallas.
I worked for DISD for 30 years and now I'm starting my second profession. Started this blog to showcase some of my paintings and hear from others. Especially those who like what they see!
To purchase any of my paintings, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org