Thursday, January 21, 2010

Portrait of Richard Olsen, 8 x 5 study

As some of you may know, I have just begun participating in an artist challenge group called The Flying Moleskins. Thirteen artists will be playing "pass the sketchbook (or moleskin as they are called)" through the postal service, each of us painting or sketching according to whatever theme was requested by the original owner. For my own book's first entry I painted my husband Richard from a photo. It was done in just a few hours in acrylic so that it would be dry in time to mail and it is smaller than I'd prefer so I really think of it as just a study. He and I have been together for over 30 years and I've never painted him before -- ??? Well, for one thing, it's really hard to get him to "strike a pose" and be still. I look forward to doing a larger version in oil that really catches his essence. This one does come close I think but I believe I can do better.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AFG Group Art Show

My painting of Kelli Bland has been on display at the United States Art Authority the past few weeks. About 10 artists were represented in the group show for Austin Figurative Gallery.