Catching us up...

I made a little progress with Ailee's pretty face yesterday... will continue working on this painting today.

I'm working on Ailee's 40" x 30" portrait at the gallery this week. I work with my reference images on the monitor that I put on top of the counter and turn toward the easel. The changing light in the gallery is a.... challenge. That's it, a 'Challenge.'

Last night during the broadcast I continued work on this portrait of the artist John Pototschnik. I had great company while i painted, as usual! I'd been dreading painting that landscape that John did as a demonstration at the Greenhouse Gallery in March. How could I ever live up to his excellent landscapes? I do feel better to have at least covered the white of the canvas with a landscape-of-sorts, though.

This is where the portrait of John P. stands now. So much yet to do, but it's beginning to shape up.
14" x 11" oil, Shelby. I did most of the painting of this one online last Wednesday, but did spend some time beyond that finessing the details.
There's Always Room For Cello
8" x 10" (20.4cm x 25.4cm)
Oil on Canvas Panel
$100 with FREE shipping and handling in the US
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I took the photos references for this painting in 2004, and did a painting from them then, but it was when I was newer to oils, and I wanted to try it again. The subject is our neighbor, Christina Joy, with her cello. I've also painted her with her violin, in pastel. This was fun.

I leave for Ireland two weeks from today! But I'm completely calm about it. HA! I'm going to try to post to my blog from there and maybe even broadcast my Wednesday show from there, as well. We'll see what's possible.


Theresa Rankin said...

What a pleasant surprise to see John's portrait...I have had the good fortune to meet him several times over the years...his sense of color is immaculate and he is a great and energetic teacher. He has juried, critiqued and encouraged me from time to time. You have captured that sense of calm and wisdom he carries! Bravo excellent work!!

Rae Andrews, Contemporary Texas Artist in all media said...

I love seeing the progress on the paintings Susan, good job!!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Susan,

What a lot of lovely work. I'm glad you're not nervous about going to Ireland, and I know your client will love the portrait.


Susan Carlin said...

Hi Theresa. Yes, I agree. John's character and quiet expertise shine when you talk with him. I hope to do right by him with this portrait.

Susan Carlin said...

Thanks, Rae!

Susan Carlin said...

Thanks, Barbara, though I have nothing on you in being prolific... you are Queen in that department. And who says I'm not nervous??? But mostly eager.