I had the best time today. This fun couple from Houston spent four hours with me at the gallery while I roughed in the beginning of their 16x20 oil portrait. I took several photos as references for later when I do the work of finishing it. I had them sit separately, taking turns as I painted. Both of them have excellent interviewing skills, so I'm afraid I talked a blue streak all the while. I managed to get the conversation focused on them in return toward the end and wished I'd done that sooner- they're fascinating.
It's unusual that I have so many portraits in the works at one time. I prefer to focus on one until it's finished and then start the next. But right now I have the two children in oil on 8x10 canvases, John Pototschnik on 18 x 24 canvas, the woman from the newspaper clipping on 16x20 and now this new one- all in progress. Next week I take photos for a very large portrait of a 14/15 year old girl, and there's another waiting to begin- a fairly large one of two children. But somewhere in there I need to do my taxes. So, I plan to do my broadcast Tuesday evening -oh! that's tonight!- and then buckle down and figure out the figures for a few days.
Am I the only one who's waited until the last minute to do her taxes?? Send encouragement, send caffeine, send chocolate!
by Susan Carlin on 3/31/2009