Finish of Grampy and Kaiden, Beginning of Pee Wee

Depending on the light, this is how the finish of Grampy and Kaiden looks:


I'm very happy with it. It was a pleasure to work on such a sweet image.

I started this next painting today- 24"x36" oil on stretched canvas- of a dignified fellow with the fun name of "Pee Wee" who's been gone 30 years. The photos I've been given of him are all faded and, well, bad. But this pose is good, and until I know what they might want me to do with the background, I've given him a horizon line and some kind of sky. I've roughed in his suit and face and really kind of like his face the way it is. Monday I'll look at the other photos more carefully and see if I can infuse some more information into his face.
(Photo reference looks like someone was "cloned" out...)
I carried the canvas to work on the bus, and since it was a windy morning, I felt like I was walking more with a sail! I enjoyed sketching out such a large painting. The gallery is tiny, but I used its full length in stepping back many times to check my work.

10 comments:

Barbara Pask said...

Susan, The portrait of Grampy and Kaiden turned out wonderful. Wow, the next one is huge, he's an interesting fellow though. Nick names can sure stick sometimes for better or worse, lol.

Jo Castillo said...

Great work. The Grampy and Kaiden is so lovely and sweet. Alive.

PeeWee is coming along great as well.

You have so much energy. Wow. I thought of your airport paintings while sitting in the airports on our trip. Cool.

theresamillerwatercolors said...

AWWWW! What a beautiful finished painting, Susan! I love it! My daughter and husband loved taking naps together like that, when she was a baby. Wonderful memories...

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Can't wait to see the finished paintign of Pee Wee - It looks great, so far. I love the backgroud you gave the painting, as well.

Dianne Mize said...

Fantastic start on Pee Wee. Watch out for that pink line in the sky going through the shoulder line. I continue to be amazed at how easy it is for you to put life into a portrait. And Grampy and Kaiden is simply wonderful!

Jack Riddle said...

Just a note to tell you that I love your work.

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you Barbara, Jo, Theresa, Dianne and Jack! Barbara, I'll ask the son if he knows where the name Pee Wee came from and let you know. Jo, as I sit here sipping my coffee and trying to get the energy to get dressed for the day, I want to argue with you about me having so much energy. I think my circumstances just support me painting, so I paint. A lot, I guess. Theresa, that pose must be a universal one. Visitors to the gallery are recognizinging it for themselves, too. Thank you, particularly, for the comment on the background. I'm having to invent one, which is not really easy for me. Dianne, thank you. It's not easy, but it's satisfying to me to try. Jack, comments like that can help me get back in front of the easel and try another day. Thank you.

karen said...

Susan,
I love Grampy and Kaiden.What a sweet portrait.Thanks for remembering my BD.I hope I can remember yours on the 26th.
Love Karen W.

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you, Karen. Don't worry about my birthday... I think I'm going to skip it this year.

janabouc said...

I love the variety of people in your paintings and the tender way you capture them. The baby and gramps picture is an absolute treasure.