Another one-hour oil from sitting. 8"x10"


This is Dot Danielson, the organist for the Little Church of La Villita, who sometimes plays for 7 weddings in a day! She had a gap of time between weddings today and I asked if she'd sit for me. Hallelujah! She agreed. I'm not sure how well it turned out, but I had a blast painting Dot. She's 86 and has the figure of a teenager. Grrr. She's all giggles and big heart, too, so I'm always happy when she walks in.

Now I'm looking for a man to paint and maybe a high school aged girl or boy to round out my array of samples. Anybody have a bright idea for packaging for a wet 8 x 10 panel so a tourist could get one home?

8 comments:

K. said...

No bright ideas for packing, just wishing Texas wasn't so far away from Oregon... I would so love to wander into your gallery and sit and chat for an hour while you paint, whether it was me or someone else that was your subject. This blog is a nice substitute, though.

Dianne Mize said...

Wow. You've on a roll while I'm spinning my wheels. Back to you: your portrait of Dot is your usual fine, but your shadows on her clothes are absolutely beautiful. I enlarged the photo and admired those shadows for quite a while.

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you K. and Dianne! I'd love to have you wander in, K. The nicest people just show up and make conversation magic there. Dianne, you made me so happy that you noticed the light and shadow pattern on Dot's jacket and collar. Sometimes I wonder if I'm just indulging myself to pay attention to that stuff. I'd like to paint Dot again sometime and spend more time to paint her better.

Jo Castillo said...

Ah, Susan. Very nice mini portrait. Great shadows and negative space. I don't have a clue for packing. Maybe you could use a one panel box like plein air painters use to carry wet paintings. They use ply wood mostly, but I bet you could come up with a foam core package. Like lay it on foam core that is 1 inch larger on each side. Put a second piece in like a mat that is the same size as the painting, with the painting sitting in that. Then another foam core mat the same size to hold the top away from the painting. Then a top the same size as the mats and bottom. Seal it up with tape. Should work. It wouldn't be good if it couln't be handled with care. For shipping it would have to be ply wood or something that wouldn't give. You have a carpenter? :)

A Painting A Day by Diana Marshall said...

What a beautiful lady and still busy at 86, amazing. I am sure you have caught her personality as well as her likeness.

Elaine said...

Hi Susan, you do such amazing portraits in just an hour?! They are wonderful. I'll have to keep visiting to see how new ones come along.

And thanks for your comments on my pastel work!

Dar Presto said...

Susan, you do amazing things in an hour. This is terrific. I love the lost edges of the fabric folds.

http://www.cardboardframe.com/
I haven't used this product, but perhaps it could be used for wet transport. I found it when researching eco options.

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you Jo, Diana, Elaine and Dar!
Dar, I checked out your link, but they only have large sizes, not my tiny 8x10. Great idea, though! Thank you!
Today I sent a wet oil painting done on panel home taped to a big piece of cardboard. NOT elegant. I've got to figure this out soon.