I worked a bit more on the grandboys painting today and liked it well enough to frame. I'll take it out in a few days to varnish it.
The sisters are coming along, as well. I'm piecing together information from several sources and am only maybe halfway along on this one, but I think it's very sweet already. The client is the one with darker hair who says this of her sister: "(She's) a special gift to all of us. Her disability has never stopped her from accomplishing anything. She has a twinkle in her eye, a confidence that I envy, charm and sophistication, and a little bit of mischief all rolled into her 5’ stature!" The painting will be a Mother's Day gift to their mom. It's wonderful being the portrait artist who gets to paint these women.
I had the pleasure of the company of an artist whose work I admire today. Bonnie is a confident painter of still life and landscapes, but has been tentative about portraiture, so she came for a personal instruction day with me and started a portrait of her granddaughter. It's looking great already. I hope to show you her finished painting down the line. Some people just make you feel good to be around them. Bonnie's like that.
La Villita is in the process of transforming for Fiesta, particularly NIOSA- Night in Old San Antonio. Actually, five nights- Tuesday through Friday, the 22nd-25th next week. NIOSA Fiesta People tell me I'll want to close the gallery during all that and reopen when it's over. Can it be that bad? I'll let you know.
by Susan Carlin on 4/15/2008